Between Viirelaiu and Virtsu, three fishermen who went around by boat were rescued

Between Viirelaiu and Virtsu, three fishermen who went around by boat were rescued

This afternoon, a happy accident happened between Viirelaiu and Virtsu, when three fishermen who went around by boat were rescued due to those on shore. The lives of those in distress at sea were saved by wearing a life jacket and taking the phone to sea.

At 16.19, the Maritime Guard Center was informed that a boat with three fishermen had capsized between Viirelaiu and Virtsu. The Maritime Surveillance Center alerted the PBGB helicopter and the ship Valve, the ferries Piret and Regula and the volunteer lifeguards of Muhu and Virtsu.

The man who was in Viirelaii heard the cries of the men, who were about a few hundred meters from the shore, and a boat went to the island to help them. The chilled men, one of them unconscious, were found and taken to Viirelai and from there to Virtsu. The third man regained consciousness and an ambulance took all the victims to Pärnu Hospital shortly after 5 pm.

“This event is a good example of how a lot of resources are ready to come to the rescue of a person in distress at sea, but in order to be able to help someone at all when they arrive, a lot of preparations have to be made before going to sea. When going to sea, wear a properly fastened life jacket and take a waterproof phone with you to call for help in an emergency. It is safe to say that the existence of vests and a mobile phone saved the lives of those in trouble today, “said Ivo Utsar, Chief Operating Officer of the Police and Border Guard Board.

What you need to know before going to sea:

  • Find out what the weather will be like at sea in the coming hours – from where the wind is blowing, where the wave is coming from.
  • The right equipment corresponds to what you do at sea. A life jacket, rescue equipment and means of communication are definitely needed.
  • Take into account the specifics and technical condition of the floating equipment.
  • Report your activities to relatives or the Maritime Guard Center at 619 1224.
  • Go to sea with someone who has enough experience and skills to cope at sea.
  • Don’t overestimate your skills and abilities.
  • In an emergency, call for assistance by radio or by calling the Maritime Surveillance Center at 619 1224.

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