Span­ish cops save cap­tain of S’porean ship found at sea

New Straits Times - - World -

MADRID: The cap­tain of a large Sin­ga­porean cargo ship was found drift­ing at sea, off the coast of south­ern Spain, cling­ing to a life buoy in a “very se­ri­ous state”, po­lice said.

Passers-by in the port of Tar­ifa told of­fi­cers on Mon­day they had spot­ted a man in vis­i­bly poor con­di­tion drift­ing at sea in high winds and strong waves, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice state­ment on Tues­day.

Po­lice res­cued him and emer­gency ser­vices rushed him to hospi­tal.

Wear­ing only a white shirt, the man was “grip­ping a rigid life buoy fit­ted with a bea­con, po­lice said.

“He pre­sented signs of ex­treme hy­pother­mia, bloated lips, face and eyes, and swollen eye­lids due to ex­po­sure to the sun and salty wa­ter,” in­di­cat­ing he had been adrift for sev­eral hours, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice.

Po­lice later dis­cov­ered the mys­tery man was the cap­tain of the Morn­ing Ninni, a cargo ship from Sin­ga­pore that had been sail­ing close to the Span­ish ter­ri­tory of Ceuta in north­ern Morocco across the Gi­bral­tar straits. AFP

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