The Salvamento Marítimo base in Almería carried out a mission to rescue a catamaran with two people onboard, off Cabo Sacratif, Motril.
The craft was taking on water five miles off this headland and needed to be towed to the nearest port, which is in Motril.
The rescue ship, Salvamar Gienah was despatched for the task in collaboration with the Cruz Roja launch, Argos, after receiving the distress call from the catamaran as 12.23h yesterday.
The skipper explained that both on board had life vests and a dingy but that he had been trying to patch the leak caused by a hole about the size of a hand span in one of the bows.
Since it was a losing battle, he radioed for a tow and a petrol-driven pump to expel the water, or at least, keep pace with what was coming in so that they didn’t sink.
By the time that Salvamar Gienah arrived one of the twin hulls was completely flooded, The rescue-ship crew set about pumping out the water so that it was stable enough to tow to port.
It appears that they collided with an unidentified, floating object.
(News/Noticias: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)