"LISBON -- Local media reported that two people were killed and six others were hospitalized after a botched rescue operation for a sailing yacht that capsized off the Portuguese coast near Figueira da Foz. Maritime Police issued a statement saying that the incident took place on Cabedelo beach on Wednesday night. One of the casualties was one of five crewmen of the "Meri Tuuli" and the other was a Maritime Police officer on board a rescue vessel which also sank. The distress
signal was made at about 6:00 p.m. and the maritime agency in the area immediately initiated a rescue mission using a speedboat from a lifeguard station and another from the Maritime Police. The rescue operation was hampered by very rough conditions and the police speed boat eventually capsized. A spokesman for the Maritime Police said five crewmen of the yacht and three officers were rescued; however, a crewman and an officer were declared dead on the beach. The spokesman added that two crew members of the yacht suffered traumatic injuries, while the other two survivors and two officers of the Marine
Police have symptoms of hypothermia."