UK sailors missing off coast of Portugal

Wreckage of yacht Water Waves The men were sailing from Vigo in northern Spain when their yacht was struck

Two British yachtsmen are missing after their boat was hit by a large wave off the coast of Portugal.

Their yacht WaterWave got into trouble in rough seas as they sailed towards a marina north of Porto.

The Portuguese authorities have sent a helicopter to search for the missing men, aged 23 and 52.

A 24-year-old crew member managed to swim to safety at Povoa de Varzim. Foreign Office officials said they had offered consular assistance.

The yacht had been sailing from the north-western Spanish port of Vigo when it hit a storm at around 0330 GMT on Saturday morning.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of a boating accident off the coast of Portugal involving three British nationals, two of whom are missing."

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