SANTIAGO – The Chilean navy rescued the Finnish crewmember of a yacht who fell ill while her boat was traversing the Strait of Magellan in a storm, the navy reported Sunday.
The rescue was carried out on Saturday in Tamar Passage, at the western mouth of the Strait, by the ocean-going patrol boat “Marinero Fuentealbe” and the general service launch “Ona.”
The woman, whose identity was kept confidential, was given first aid on board the Marinero Fuentealba, the navy said.
She was evacuated from the yacht Cara Mia in response to a Mayday call after experiencing severe abdominal pains, a fever and possible infection, while the boat was sailing through the passage amid heavy winds and seas.
“We arrived early this morning at Cape Tamar with winds of approximately 90 kilometers (54 miles) per hour, managing to make contact with the yacht,” said Capt. Jorge Castillo, the commander of the Marinero Fuentealba.
The operation concluded when the woman was delivered to the Regional Hospital in the city of Punta Arenas, some 2,400 km (1,500 miles) south of Santiago, the navy said.