French sailor was freed by Spanish coast guard after being trapped in capsized boat for 16 hours.

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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! According to reports, the 62-year-old French sailor was saved by Spanish coast guard divers after he spent 16 hours floating in the Atlantic Ocean within the air bubble of his overturned ship.

The French yacht Jeanne SOLO Sailor was discovered capsized by Spain’s Maritime Safety and Rescue Society 14 miles from the Sisargas Islands off the coast of Galicia, the organization reported.

According to Reuters, which cited the coast guard, the 40-foot yacht left Lisbon, Portugal, early on Sunday and transmitted a distress call shortly before 9 p.m. on Monday.

Rescuers discovered the capsized ship, and one diver was winched onto the wreck to check for survivors, according to authorities. The imprisoned man knocked back in response to the divers’ knocks on the hull.

According to the source, divers said the rescue effort was “verging on the impossibly difficult.”

The agency stated that the waves were too choppy to attempt a rescue until dawn. Rescuers fastened buoyancy aids to the ship’s hull to stop it from sinking any deeper.

The French sailboat Jeanne SOLO Sailor overturned about 14 miles from the Sisargas Islands off Spain's northwestern Galicia region, officials said.

Authorities in Spain’s northwest Galicia region reported that the French yacht Jeanne SOLO Sailor capsized approximately 14 miles from the Sisargas Islands. (Handout from Salvamento Maritimo via REUTERS)

When dawn came, two divers dove beneath the vessel and discovered the unidentified man in water up to his knees.

According to the coast guard, the individual was able to dive out of the ship on his own with some assistance from the divers and reach the ocean’s surface.

He received medical care at a hospital and was afterwards released.
The Maritime Safety and Rescue Society of Spain stated in a tweet that “every life saved is our biggest prize.”

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