News

Three killed as yacht capsizes off Portugal

By AFP

November 3, 2023 08:42 PM


Three people died when a sailing boat capsized on Friday and ran aground on a beach in central Portugal, where the coast has seen heavy swells caused by Storm Ciaran, naval authorities said.

The Danish-flagged pleasure boat capsized around a kilometre off one of the beaches at Santa Cruz, in the municipality of Torres Vedras, around 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Lisbon, the National Maritime Authority (AMN) said in a statement.

The victims, two men and a woman whose ages and nationalities were not immediately known were found dead on the shore near the wreckage of the boat and were not wearing life jackets, Portuguese Navy spokesman Jose Sousa Luis told AFP.

The yacht had left the port of Peniche, around 30 kilometres north of Santa Cruz, on Friday morning with three people on board, he added.

Portugal was not directly affected by Storm Ciaran, which has claimed a dozen lives elsewhere in Europe.

However, the National Meteorological Institute (IPMA) has placed the country's central and northern coastal regions on red alert due to the very rough seas, with waves that can exceed seven metres (23 feet) in height.

A new storm, named Domingos by the Spanish meteorological agency, was due to pass off Portugal on Saturday and Sunday, with waves that could reach up to nine metres high, according to the IPMA.


AFP


Most Read

  1. Taxila police book ASI torture victim woman in theft case Taxila police book ASI torture victim woman in theft case
  2. PML-N candidate declared winner in NA-154 Lodhran vote recount PML-N candidate declared winner in NA-154 Lodhran vote recount
  3. Female police officer praised for saving woman with Arabic text dress from angry mob Female police officer praised for saving woman with Arabic text dress from angry mob
  4. Fire breaks out at Peshawar scrap warehouse Fire breaks out at Peshawar scrap warehouse
  5. Sajjad Haider becomes president of High Court Bar Association in Multan Sajjad Haider becomes president of High Court Bar Association in Multan
  6. Maryam Nawaz takes oath as Punjab chief minister, vows ‘no revenge’ Maryam Nawaz takes oath as Punjab chief minister, vows ‘no revenge’

Opinion

  1. The Dark Side of Generation Z
    The Dark Side of Generation Z

    By Dr Asif Channer

  2. THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923
    THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923

    By Syed Aun Mohammed Bokhari

  3. Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment
    Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment

    By Muhammad Asad Ayaz

  4. To Know and Not to Know
    To Know and Not to Know

    By Abdullah Bin Tahir

  5. Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society
    Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society

    By Mehak Sabir