A dredger has overturned off the Ria Formosa island of Armona. Four staff escaped and have been handled for hypothermia.
The accident occurred at 08:10 on Tuesday morning, January 16th, and is believed to have occurred because of the uneven loading of sand however the Olhão mayor mentioned it’s too early to attract definitive conclusions.
The 80-metre dredger now lies on the seabed a few kilometre from the Lavajo sand bar close to Armona.
Sand was being taken from the realm and deposited at Barril seaside, Tavira, as a part of stabilisation work to the shoreline.
Asked about the potential of gas spillage from the overturned vessel’s deposits, mayor António Pina mentioned he had data that “the tanks did not have a lot of fuel” and that the maritime authorities have been making an attempt to grasp how they’ll stop or minimise gas leakage.
The Navy already has noticed leaked gas within the water however the Maritime Authority mentioned there isn’t any environmental threat.
According to the Port Captain of Olhão, Nunes Ferreira, “there are small leaks of fuel, although the weather conditions minimize the risk, causing its evaporation. The intention is to remove the fuel from the vessel. This is being evaluated by the maritime authorities and the company that owns the dredger, which has 48-hours to resolve the situation.”
According to Captain Ferreira, the 4 crew members have been taken to Faro hospital and one of many males could have suffered a spinal harm.
According to the National Maritime Authority, the crew of the dredger was rescued by a water taxi from a couple of minutes after they fell in.
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