2 dead, 6 in hospital as sailing yacht sinks off Portuguese coast

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2 people died in the process of rescuing of a capsized sailing yacht off the Portuguese coast near the town of Figueira da Foz. 6 more people are in hospital. The victims in this accident are a 47-year-old crew member of the sailboat and one man from the Maritime police.
The boat "Meri Tuuli" had 5 people onboard and the Maritime Police officer was trying to help the people in trouble but his rescue boar also capsized.
Maritime Police informed: "The alert was given at around 6 p. m. (0500 GMT) Wednesday via a sailboat that was in the vicinity, and the maritime agency of the Port of Figueira da Foz launched a rescue mission shortly afterwards, using a speedboat and a jet ski from the lifeguard station at Figueira da Foz with the support of a Maritime Police speed boat". The reason for the fail of the rescue operation is the rough weather conditions.
A member of the Maritime Police informed also: "Five crew members of the sailboat and the three Maritime Police officers were rescued from the water, however a crew member and a member of the Maritime Police wee pronounced dead on the beach," and added "It is understood that of the remaining crew of the sailboat, two sustained traumatic injuries, and the other two survivors and two Marine Police officers have symptoms of hypothermia".
"Five crew members of the sailboat and the three Maritime Police officers were rescued from the water, however a crew member and a member of the Maritime Police wee pronounced dead on the beach".