Drama on the Douro

DSC02514At about 1pm on Sunday we were lunching on the terrace at Malvedos when we spotted a boat heading downriver quite fast, and well outside the main channel marked with red and green buoys.   We braced ourselves for an impact, and sure enough seconds later there was a large bang and the boat fetched up on a large rock in the middle of the river.  The famous rocks below Malvedos had claimed another victim!

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We had ringside seats for the next hour of commotion, Branca and Prazeres joining in.

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The crew are rescued by a passing tour boat, although the captain stays aboard.    Kayakers come to help.

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The local ambulance and fire services arrive.

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A crowd gathers on the main road to watch.

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A passing barco rabelo tried to pull them off but in vain.

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Finally the firemen arrive by boat from Pinhao.

 

We had to leave before the boat was refloated.   We wish them well.

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