Woman tourist rescued after night in sea

5th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

5 August 2004, MADRID - A French woman tourist was dragged safely from the sea on Thursday morning, having spent the whole night in the water after a yacht overturned.

5 August 2004

MADRID - A French woman tourist was dragged safely from the sea on Thursday morning, having spent the whole night in the water after a yacht overturned.

A Red Cross launch found her clinging to a windsurf board. The woman, who was said to be suffering from “hypothermia and to be “very tired and frightened” by her ordeal, was treated for jellyfish stings on the beach before being transferred to the nearby Hospital de la Alta Marina.

She had been out sailing on Wednesday evening with her husband and two children off Santa Ana beach at Denia, in the north of Alicante province, when their catamaran overturned.

The president of the Denia branch of the Red Cross, Francisco Montiel, said the boat had probably been hit by a sudden blast of wind.

A nearby windsurfer went to the rescue of the family and with the help of the father managed to carry the two children to the beach.

But when they got back to the catamaran they found that the wife, who they had left clinging to a windsurf board near the upturned boat, had been blown out to sea and had disappeared.

Two Red Cross launches and a rescue helicopter searched for her until 10.30 pm when high winds and darkness brought operations to a halt.

The woman was eventually found at 8.40am on Thursday, some 400 metres from Les Devesses beach.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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