Catamaran in Distress

The Salvamento Marítimo base in Almería carried out a mission to rescue a catamaran with two people onboard, off Cabo Sacratif, Motril.

MOT Sinking Catamaran Taken Under TowThe 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)

  4 comments for “Catamaran in Distress

  1. Patrick Barry Storey
    September 5, 2023 at 6:38 pm

    Should have read as porpoise, as they apparently have been head butting small craft at sea.

  2. September 5, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Laura: I guess that it could have been a log or something like that, washed down a rambla and out to sea.

  3. Laura King
    September 5, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    I wonder what the floating object was !

  4. Patrick Barry Storey
    September 5, 2023 at 9:38 am

    What is the purpose of sailing? Very dangerous pastime!

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