Missing ship Captain found clinging to life buoy off Spain

Missing Captain found clinging to life buoy off Spain

The missing captain of a Singapore-flagged car carrier has been found in critical condition but alive after apparently falling overboard from his ship off Spain.

Spain’s National Police said witnesses spotted a man in water just off the port of Tarifa in southern Spain on Monday. 

Police later discovered the man unconscious and clinging to a life buoy while wearing only a t-shirt. The man was sent to the hospital with signs of severe hypothermia and sun and salt-water exposure.

Upon further investigation, police realised that the man was the captain of the Singapore-flagged car carrier Morning Minni, whose crew had reported missing earlier Monday as the ship passed through the Strait of Gibraltar.

The captain has since been transferred to a hospital in Algeciras, Spain and is reported to be in critical condition.

It is unclear exactly how long the captain was in the water.