Captain airlifted from the heaving deck of a tanker
The Portuguese air force has released dramatic images of the captain of Aframax tanker Minerva Gloria being rescued from the middle of the Atlantic.
The tanker was 420 miles southwest of Terceira, an island in the Azores when a crewman from the EH-101 Puma helicopter was lowered on to the afterdeck of the tanker with a stretcher in 12-m seas and winds of 74 km.
The captain of Minerva Gloria, a 47-year old Greek national, was strapped to the stretcher and lifted into the helicopter.
The helicopter from 751 Squadron ’The Pumas’ ferried the captain to hospital and was accompanied by a P-3C CUP+ aircraft from 601 Squadron ’The Wolves’.
According to tracking data on VesselsValue website, Minerva Gloria was on a voyage from Venezuela to Germany when the incident took place.