Sunday, August 21, 2005

Ship saves stranded men


RFA Oakleaf
Two men, one with a life vest and one clinging to a float were spotted by RFA Oakleaf in the early hours of yesterday morning in the Strait of Gibraltar.

The Navy logistics support vessel immediately raised the alarm and carried out man over-board drills to rescue the men who they later discovered had been in the water for over four hours and were suffering from the effects from exposure.

The men, a Spaniard and a Moroccan, said they had been fishing off the coast of Tangiers in an inflatable dinghy when it sank late Thursday night.

With only one life vest between them they struggled to stay afloat as they drifted into one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

They were treated by first-aiders on board the RFA Oakleaf before being handed to the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) on arrival in Gibraltar.

The Spaniard was crossed over to Spain and the Moroccan was on the ferry to Tangier last night.

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