Britons among 36 tourists on boat that sank off Algarve coast

By Linsey McNeill
22/02/2023
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Five Britons are believed to have been among 36 passengers, including four children, on a tourist boat that sank off the coast of the Algarve.

The boat was returning from a trip to the famous Benagil sea cave when it started taking in water, according to Mailonline.

When the back of the boat began to sink, the passengers were forced to jump into the sea.

Members from the Portimao Maritime Police and Ferragudo Lifeguard station received an alert at about 1.25pm on Monday and rushed to the scene, about 600 metres off the coast.

With the help of a nearby tour boat they managed to pluck all the passengers from the water. Reports said they were all wearing life jackets.

Stock image of Praia da Marinha

Troy French from London, who was onboard the vessel, described the incident as ‘a really bad experience and very scary’.

In a statement, authorities confirmed that passengers were then taken to Portimao Marina, where paramedics, Portimao volunteer firefighters, Lagoa volunteer firefighters, Civil Protection officers and the Portuguese Red Cross were waiting.

“Some were showing signs of hypothermia and they were evaluated then assisted by the medical teams at the scene, although they didn’t require special medical assistance,” it said.

The Portimão Maritime Police have opened an investigation but it isn’t known yet what caused the boat to sink.

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