Cyprus Mail

Third ship rescue in eight days

Map shows where the rescue took place


SEARCH and rescue crews responded on Monday to a distress call from a Hong Kong-flagged tanker off the coast of Limassol, following the injury of a crew member in the afternoon.

The defence ministry said the Front Signe, which at the time was some 27 kilometres off the coast of Limassol, called for help at 2.30pm, after a crew member was injured.

Authorities sent a fast patrol boat to pick up the man along with a Limassol general hospital nurse. The injured man was admitted to the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department at about 4.30pm, and the foreign ministry has taken action to inform his family, an announcement said.

This is the third rescue operation in the span of eight days in the country’s waters, the defence ministry has said. A crew member of German warship FGS Braunschweig was injured last Friday off Larnaca’s coast and was transported to Nicosia general hospital via helicopter. A few days before that, a crewman from a European ship was also airlifted to Nicosia hospital.


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