Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sailor Feared Drowned Off Spanish Navy Training Ship

The Spanish Navy are searching for a sailor who disappeared from the training ship, the Juan Sebastián de Elcano. They believe he may have fallen overboard. The 1927 topsail schooner set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Monday, on the next leg of its journey of 151 days at sea to Brazil.
Juan Sebastián de Elcano
The missing man is the Manoeuvres and Navigation First Officer, Miguel Ángel López Cerrillo. The 30 year old from Torre Blasco in Jaén province joined the Navy in 1998 and was on his second cruise on the sailing ship. He previously took part in four missions in Iraq. The journey to Brazil is the vessel’s 78th training cruise.

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