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shipwreck north lanzarote

Shipwreck north of Lanzarote

A body rescued this morning from a shipwreck north of Lanzarote.

The other two crew members were rescued in the wee hours of the morning

The helicopter of the Emergency and Rescue Group (GES) of the Government of the Canary Islands has rescued the body of a man in the sea, in the northern area of Lanzarote where a sailboat, the Mai Tai, sank last night, sources from the island's Emergency Consortium have informed EFE and advances Diario de Avisos.

The man's lifeless body has been transferred to Lanzarote airport to proceed with its identification and conclude the search for the third crew member of Russian origin who was travelling on the sailboat with two others, also Russians, who have survived the shipwreck.

The two survivors were rescued early this morning, one in the water by a Maritime Rescue helicopter and the other on land by firefighters from the Lanzarote Emergency Consortium.

The rescue of the lifeless body of this third person took place after 10.30 a.m. (local time), sources from the Emergency Consortium have indicated.

In the search that has been ongoing since last night and to which new troops have been added this Wednesday, who beat the area by land, sea and air, Maritime Rescue means, the Civil Guard, Lanzarote firefighters and Local Police have participated, sources from the Emergency Consortium have indicated.

According to Maritime Rescue, the sailboat Mai Tai, issued an alert at 1.20 a.m. giving its position north of Lanzarote, so the Las Palmas Rescue Center mobilized the Helimer 204 helicopter, the Concepción Arenal sea guard and the firefighters of the Consortium.

After the helicopter sighted the wreck - at around 2.40 am - it proceeded to rescue the first survivor in the water, who confirmed that three people were travelling on the sailboat and that it had been shipwrecked when it hit the rocks.

The three people left the ship without a life jacket, according to the crew member, who was evacuated by helicopter to Lanzarote airport, where an ambulance was waiting for him and took him to a hospital.

According to Maritime Rescue sources, the other crew member rescued by firefighters was located on land at around 04.00 hours and was also evacuated by the Helimer 204 for transfer to a hospital.

Two helicopters are involved in the search for the third crew member, one from Maritime Rescue and the other from the Emergency and Rescue Group of the Government of the Canary Islands, in addition to the Concepción Arenal sea guard and the Orotava 5 patrol boat of the Civil Guard.
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