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The three rescued men "will be able to meet again with their family members safe and sound",it was reported

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A picture of the rescue at sea

A picture of the rescue at sea

A picture of the rescue at sea

Two Irishmen were among three people rescued by the Colombian Navy after their sailing boat started sinking. 

A search and rescue operation was launched 75 nautical miles northwest of Riohacha after the “emergency at sea” aboard the German-flagged sailboat ‘Pinocchio’ which had suffered damage to its hull “causing a strong influx of water”.

The ship ARC ‘Providencia’ carried out the rescue as part of a coordinated operation between the Colombian Navy, the Maritime General Directorate and the National Unit for the Search of Persons of the Colombian Air Force.

Frigate Captain Alejandro Sanín, Commander of the Providencia reported that a rescue aircraft, the RCC Curaçao flew over the area as his ship eventually reached the scene and carried out the operation “in the middle of the of difficult meteorological conditions”.

“At the scene of the emergency, the ARC ‘Providencia’ identified the Portuguese-flag merchant ship, ‘Savanna’, which was guarding the sailboat,” it was reported.

“The ship of the Colombian Maritime Authority successfully rescued the three foreign citizens who were adrift on the high seas aboard a boat.

"These three citizens received first aid, food and hydration to guarantee their basic needs. For its part, the sailboat ‘Pinocchio’ sank and could not be rescued by the authorities.

“The rescued personnel were transported to the Santa Marta Coast Guard Station, where they were placed at the disposal of the corresponding immigration authorities.”

The three rescued men “will be able to meet again with their family members safe and sound,” it was added.

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