Seven Angolan fishermen were rescued today, after four days adrift, due to a malfunction in the vessel’s engine at sea in Bengo province, the National Police told Lusa.
According to the spokesman for the National Police of Angola, Deputy Commissioner Mateus Rodrigues, the fishermen were rescued around 10:00 am, on the sea coast of Luanda, and are receiving medical care at the Health Post of the Maritime Fiscal Customs Police, due to their debilitated state of health.
Mateus Rodrigues also informed that the fishermen had an engine malfunction and ran out of fuel, water and food.
The police spokesperson stressed that the rescue took a long time because the sailors “could not give an exact location, as they did not have adequate means of locating it”.
The operation involved the Navy and Air Force, the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), the Tax Police, the Integrated Center for Public Security, the Criminal Investigation Service and the Captaincy of the Port of Luanda.
On Tuesday, the fishermen were able to communicate with the rescue team via a cell phone, which made it easier to locate the vessel.