A man wearing only a white T-shirt and clinging to a lifebuoy fitted with a beacon was discovered in the sea off the coast of southern Spain on Monday (15 May). The man has been identified as the captain of a large Singapore-registered cargo ship.
According to wire reports and Spanish newspaper el Periodico, passers-by in the port of Tarifa spotted a man drifting at sea in high winds and strong waves. He was rescued by the police and taken to hospital.
According to a statement from the National Police, the man is the captain of the “Morning Ninni”, a Singaporean cargo ship that transports vehicles. He remains in serious condition in the Hospital Punta Europa in Algeciras.
At the time of the rescue, the castaway showed signs of extreme hypothermia, inflammation of the lips, face and eyes, bruising and swelling of the eyelids due to exposure to the sun and salt water. This would indicate that he had been in the water for several hours.
The police added that the “Morning Ninni” had been sailing close to the Spanish territory of Ceuta in northern Morocco across the Gibraltar strait and had reported the disappearance of its captain to the authorities on Monday.