Brits saved from sink­ing boat

Six res­cued from ves­sel sink­ing off shores of Jávea

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Troughton

THE six-strong Bri­tish crew of a lux­ury mo­tor yacht was res­cued un­hurt as their ves­sel foundered off the Jávea coast on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The 18m boat was holed un­der the wa­ter­line by rocks off the beach at Por­tixol, a pop­u­lar an­chor­age, and im­me­di­ately started to sink.

On board were two mar­ried cou­ples and their two chil­dren, the yacht had sailed from the ma­rina at neigh­bour­ing Dé­nia and it is un­der­stood it struck a rock as it nav­i­gated through the chan­nel be­tween Por­tixol Is­land and the main­land.

As wa­ter gushed in be­low decks, the sailors raised the alarm and were taken to safety by boats in the bay aided by the pa­trolling lo­cal po­lice jet­ski; landed on the beach some 250m away.

The party, who had been liv­ing on board, were un­able to grab clothes or per­sonal be­long­ings be­cause the stricken craft sank so quickly.

The boat’s owner and skip­per, named as Ja­son, said they were “very scared”. He added: “We heard a bang and went down to check the cab­ins. At first we didn’t see any­thing but then the boat started fill­ing with wa­ter and sank very quickly.

“We had no time to take any­thing; ev­ery­thing hap­pened in a mat­ter of min­utes.”

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