Four dead and 21 missing in boat wreck off Cadiz coast

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Search continues for fishing boat missing off Huelva coast
Search continues for fishing boat missing off Huelva coast. CREDIT: Salvamento Maritimo

Four dead and 21 missing from boat wreck off the coast of Cadiz 

Salvamento Maritimo sources have confirmed that four people are dead, and another 21 are missing, after a boat sunk in the waters off the coast of Cadiz province, in southwest Spain.

It is reported that a passing ship had informed the emergency services that it sighted a semi-sunken boat a few minutes before 9pm on Thursday evening, October 14. This sighting was made approximately 37 miles west of Cafe Trafalgar, with the sea known to be very rough.

Emergency crews were immediately mobilised, including the Helimer 202 helicopter that is based in Jerez. Two survivors were recovered from the boat by the helicopter crew, along with one body.

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Maritime Rescue boats were also deployed to the scene

The ‘Salvamar Enif’ rescue boat was also deployed to the area, where its crew recovered a woman still alive from the waters, who was hoisted to the helicopter. She was subsequently taken to a hospital in Jerez, along with the other two rescued men, and the body that had been recovered.

Another Maritime Rescue vessel, the ‘Salvamar Emid’, later recovered three more bodies from the sea. These were transferred to the port of Barbate this morning, Friday, October 15.

According to statements given by the survivors, there were 28 immigrants travelling in the craft that sank. This means that there are still 21 unaccounted for, and the search mission is ongoing by Maritime Rescue, as reported by cadenaser.com.


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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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