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Posted by portugalpress on June 14, 2018

What could have been another desperate tragedy turned to a heartwarming story of rescue in the pitch dark early hours of Wednesday morning three nautical miles off the coast near Sagres.

Seven fishermen whose boat capsized were plucked from the waves alive and well.

“I thought we were all going to die”, captain José Manuel Lourenço told reporters.

His Luzé trawler had set out from Póvoa de Varzim where shipwrecks are more commonly synonymous with death.

But by happy chance, this one was called in in enough time to enlist the help of a boat in the vicinity.

Thanks to the wonders of modern GPS technology, the Lagoal reached the men perilously close to rocks off the coast of Carrapateira before hypothermia set in.

They had all managed to scramble aboard a liferaft as the Luzé turned turtle and slowly disappeared beneath the waves.

Towed into Sagres, the seven were cared for by the Church charitable organisation of Misericórdia in Vila do Bispo, before setting off home by road to Póvoa de Varzim and their delighted families.

“They all arrived very rattled, psychologically”, said a source for Misericórdia, but the bottom line was that there were no casualties.

Maritime authorities have opened an inquiry into what caused the shipwreck, believed to have started, say reports, with a “malfunction in the machines”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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