Killer whales attacked a yacht off the north-west coast of Spain. There were two people on board, the rudder was damaged. The animals were scared away by the Spanish rescue vessel Salvamento Maritimo, who came to help.
According to the Madrid-based Europa Press agency, the incident took place on Thursday near the northwestern border of Spain with Portugal, near the town of A Guarda, in the province of Pontevedra.
As a result of the attack of killer whales on the British yacht “Extra Mile”, which was located about five nautical miles from the coast, the rudder was damaged and the vessel immobilized. The Spanish salvage vessel Salvamento Maritimo came to the rescue.
Killer whales attacks off the coast of Spain
The agency reminds that with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of killer attacks on vessels off the coast of Spain has increased. Reports of this type are listed every few weeks.
One of the dangerous events of this type was the July attack of killer whales on a yacht off the coast of Andalusia, which Salvamento Maritimo also had to provide. Animal aggression against a vessel with two crew members occurred in the Strait of Gibraltar area in the early morning. At the end of June, in the same place, a group of ten killer whales attacked the Polish yacht “Rockandroll”, breaking its rudder. One person was injured as a result of the incident.
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