Yacht sinks off Playa del Mago, Calvia

A YACHT, with seven people on board, sank off Playa del Mago in Calvia. The yacht reportedly began to take on water and the captain headed to the coast, getting close enough for the crew to be assisted by lifeguards who were in the area. All seven people were rescued although the captain initially refused to leave the yacht.

Local Police, Civil Protection, Guardia Civil and Lifeguards, as well as paramedics, arrived on the scene while the boat sank in an area with an approximate depth of three metres. 

The beach was then evacuated as a precaution although there was no obvious danger and no fuel spillage. The yacht was later removed by the insurance company and an investigation into the incident was launched. 

In a separate incident, the 84-year-old captain of a sailing ship taking part in the King’s Cup was rescued by lifeguards after falling overboard with no lifejacket. 

He was airlifted to Son Espases Hospital after remaining in the water for four hours. He was released from hospital several hours later.

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