A SPANISH sailor was rescued from the sea eight hours after she fell into the water.
44-year-old Sonia Megod Zapata, from Valencia, was taking part in the 21st edition of the ‘Copa del Canal’ (Canal Cup) race, sailing from Denia to Ibiza, when she and three other crew-members fell overboard.
Sonia was participating as part of the ‘Natural Ladies’ sailing team, comprised solely of woman onboard the ‘Oceanica’ vessel.
She fell overboard shortly after the race had begun.
Juan Miguel Martinez, a crew member of the RCR Alicante Dignity 3 vessel, was also taking part in the race.
He told the Spanish press: “At around 12.00pm we were informed by radio that four crew members had fallen from a boat to the water.
“An hour after this first notice, the race committee told us that the race was suspended and asked us to help in the search.”
The other three members of Sonia’s crew were rescued shortly after falling into the water but she was unable to be saved at the same time, with the rescue operation further complicated due to the weekend´s adverse weather conditions, with waves up to two metres in height.
After seven hours of searching for her, Maritime Rescue found her alive and responsive but showing symptoms of hypothermia.
She was airlifted from the scene and transferred to the Hospital de la Fe in Valencia.