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Man swept off Quarteira jetty

Published on 10/03/2019

A member of the GNR and various local fishermen rescued a 37-year-old man who was swept off a jetty in Quarteira and ended up 400 metres from the coastline.

According to information from the GNR, an alert was received at 3:30 p.m. last Thursday saying that someone was in trouble and in danger of drowning.

A nearby GNR patrol rushed to the area and one of the team plunged into the sea in an attempt to rescue the man, but the current and swell dangerously strong so he went to the port to summon urgent help from local fishermen.

One of the GNR commandeered a fishing boat and managed to take the crew to the spot where the drowning man was last seen, about 400 metres from the coastline.

The man, who was close to drowning, was hauled from the water. He has signs of hypothermia and several cuts that needed assistance by an emergency medical team on the shore. He was rushed to Faro hospital for treatment.