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  • 22 December 2013, 21:20

Portugal: Six People Drown After Boat Capsizes

Six people have drowned and another person is in hospital after a leisure fishing boat capsized in rough seas off Portugal, say officials.

The sole survivor, a 37-year-old man, swam to the beach at Costa de Caparica - nine miles west of Lisbon - to alert authorities on Saturday night.

He is being treated for hypothermia at a nearby hospital, said maritime police deputy chief Pacheco Antunes. 

Investigators examining the boat - a fibreglass boat equipped for fishing - found a large hole in its hull.

Last week, six students drowned after they were swept away by a freak wave on a beach close to where the fishing boat capsized.

Three men and four women, all in their 20s, had rented a house for a weekend break at Praia do Meco in Setubal.

All seven were sitting on the beach when they were dragged into the sea, but one of the men managed to swim to shore and alert emergency services.

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