URGENT Search in Northern Spain for a man who fell into the sea from a boat

A 41-years-old Spanish man and resident of Santoña, had been fishing early in the morning with another fishermen when their vessel capsized off the coast of Puntal de Laredo (Cantabria) as reported by the Government of Cantabria in a press release.

A large search party has been deployed to the area including a helicopter and several emergency boats, firemen from the Government of Cantabria, equipped with divers, together with the Guardia Civil. Vessels of the Fishermen’s Guild of Santoña have also joined in the search in a desperate attempt to locate the man who disappeared in the early hours of the morning.

The secretary of the Fishermen’s Guild of Santoña, Luis Herrera, explained to Efe that since early this morning (Wednesday), ships from this municipality were being coordinated to go out to sea to help in the search work.

“From Maritime Rescue they have asked us that all the fishermen who are available on their boats should help to search in areas that are difficult to access,” he said.

Herrera, who lamented the event, explained that the two fishermen had gone out to fish in a “small boat” which unfortunately capsized due to a swell in the sea.

One of the men was able to swim to shore and sound the alarm just after 4 a.m., and was treated by heath personnel for a cut in his face and symptoms of hypothermia, however the other individual has not been seen since.

The Maritime Rescue helicopter which was incorporated in the middle of night has resumed early in this morning to continue the search tasks by air.

The capsized boat, which has been located stranded on of the beach of Salvé de Laredo, is being removed by operators.


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