Today, on the Portuguese coast near the entrance of the Figueira da Foz river bar, a German 10m yacht finished on the beach. The maritime police managed to rescue 4 of the five crew members at the cost of the life of one of the rescuers. Two more rescuers were hospitalized as well as 4 from the sailboat crew.
The rescue was attempted by two boats in the middle of 5 meter breakers. One of the rescue boats capsized.
It is not clear what happened but when the rescuers arrived the sailboat had the mast broken and was on the breaking zone.
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The mast and sails are still attached to the boat so I guess that they had broke when the boat was rolled on the breakers trying to approach the river bar.
I had my boat in that Marina for some years and I know that several boats,almost all foreigner shipwrecked, trying to enter with bad weather. These are not the first lives lost there.
I cannot understand how someone try to enter that bar with bad weather. It is plain dangerous. Surely they saw the breakers: It was still daylight (17.00).
Probably they didn't wanted to pass the night in the sea with disagreeably weather. The next safe port (for entering at night) is Peniche, 8 or 9 hours away. If that was the case it was a really bad call. If someone goes out with this kind of weather around here should know that he may have to go away from the shore and make many miles till a safe port.