Portuguese soldiers saved a Polish sailor. The man was sailing alone in the Atlantic, but difficult weather conditions caused him to fall off the yacht. Although he managed to get back on board, he was unable to continue sailing.
Portuguese navy rescuers rescued injured Arkadiusz Pawełek, a sailor from Poland, about 240 kilometers off the country’s northwestern coast. On Wednesday afternoon, Pawełek was transported to Lisbon.
He was unable to continue the voyage
A statement from the Portuguese services shows that the Pole called for help during a strong storm after he was washed off the deck of the yacht he was sailing alone in the Atlantic.
Despite his injuries, the sailor managed to return to the Elbląg yacht, where he tried to continue the cruise.
“The sailor fell into the water on Tuesday morning, resulting in chest and back injuries. Although he managed to return to his vessel, he was unable to continue his journey due to breathing difficulties,” said the Portuguese Navy.
She specified that almost 24 hours after the accident, the man called for help, and the NRP Sines ship in the Atlantic rescued the sailor. The rescue operation was carried out, as reported, in difficult weather conditions, characterized by strong winds and six-meter-high waves.
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