Brits saved from sinking boat
Six rescued from vessel sinking off shores of Jávea
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.”