Filipino sailors saved as storm Petra rages near Spain
by FFE EU News Staff
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that it is now getting in touch with the Philippine Embassy in Madrid and the Spanish Coast Guard to get information on the five Filipino sailors who were rescued amid a storm on Tuesday.
DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said ‘Our Embassy in Madrid is co-ordinating with the Spanish Coast Guard to get information about the five rescued Filipino seafarers, including their identities and physical condition.’
The five sailors were on board Emirates-flagged supply ship Esnaad 715, which was located 50 nautical miles off the northwest Spanish port of La Coruna, when the rescue operation was carried out. Winds complicated the rescue, but all five were transported safely by the Coast Guard via helicopter to nearby port Viviero.
Tug boats were sent later to assess the damage received by Esnaad 715. The boat was on its way to Abu Dhabi after docking in Holland.
For the past few days, the Spanish northern coast has continually been hit by waves as storm Petra makes its way to the UK. Storm warnings were officially issued on Wednesday as winds and waves intensified.