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Old 31-08-2009, 09:46   #1
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Unhappy Grounded - Porto Santo

I was on holidays, at the beach in Porto Santo Island, when I found something that wasn't supposed to be there. A grounded sailing boat!
This boat got grounded just 1 mile after it left the marina and was being sailed by their new owners. I don't know much more details except that it stayed at the beach for 2 weeks until it was rescued.
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Old 31-08-2009, 10:50   #2
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Very strange the way the slings are attached. What was the idea? To have the keel dig in the sand, the boat topple over and damage the other side?


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The slings were there from what I believe was a first attempt to rescue the boat. After I took those pics the boat remained there for 2 more weeks, with the slings and everything else on (it seems nobody took anything from the boat - sails were in good condition, ropes, solar panel etc).
I don't know how they put the boat on the water because I missed that moment. When I got to the beach the boat was still aground but over the water and they spent like 2 hours trying to pull her with the help of a small fishermen's boat . Only then a bigger and powerful boat joined the rescue operations.
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Thanks for the information. I'm glad she got rescued. Seeing things like this makes us all a bit more cautious.
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