Four Dutch fishermen were rescued in the water near Spodsbjerg after their skiff capsized. Three of the rescuers were carrying immersion suits, while the fourth has only life jacked on, but all were in good health and without life-threatening injuries. Two of the people were saved aboard the ferry Langeland between Spodsbjerg and Tars. For reasons unknown, the other rescued by an ordinary rescue boat and were in the water longer. They are cooled and has lower stages of hypothermia, but were taken to the University Hospital for medical treatment. The national emergency coordination center controlled the action and in the rescue operations were deployed helicopter in the air and boats in the water.
“A group of men sailed out to fish in two skiffs at 06:00, but due to heavy seas one of them returned at 08:00. Shortly after coming ashore person from the first boat receive a call from friends in the other boat that had capsized and the four fishermen fell into the water”, said incident commander, Bjarne Puggaard. “The water is not hot, but it’s not ice cold. It is about ten degrees. Three of them had immersion suits on, while one had a life jacket on. They are all in good health”, added he.
The local authorities and police initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident.
The ferry Langeland participated in the rescue operation Wednesday morning and deviated from his normal, straight route.