Missing Captain Found Clinging to Life Buoy Off Spain

Mike Schuler
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May 17, 2017

Photo: Spain National Police

The missing captain of a Singapore-flagged car carrier has been found in critical condition but alive after apparently falling overboard from his ship off Spain.

Spain’s National Police said witnesses spotted a man in water just off the port of Tarifa in southern Spain on Monday. Police later discovered the man unconscious and clinging to a life buoy while wearing only a t-shirt. The man was sent to the hospital with signs of severe hypothermia and sun and salt water exposure.

Upon further investigation, police realized that the man was the captain of the Singapore-flagged car carrier Morning Minni, whose crew had reported him missing earlier Monday as the ship passed through the Strait of Gibraltar. 

The captain has since been transferred to a hospital in Algeciras, Spain and he is reported to be in critical condition.

It is unclear exactly how long the captain was in the water. 

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