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At least three dead after fishing boat capsizes off coast of Portugal

A person watches the sea from the top of a cliff at Praia do Norte, or North Beach, in Nazare, Portugal, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.
A person watches the sea from the top of a cliff at Praia do Norte, or North Beach, in Nazare, Portugal, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Copyright Armando Franca/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
Copyright Armando Franca/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
By Kayleigh BrookfieldAgencies
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Seven people remain missing after the boat, named as the Virgem Dolorosa, overturned north of Lisbon.

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At least three people have died and seven more are missing after a fishing boat with 17 crew members on board capsized off central Portugal’s Atlantic coast on Wednesday, according to the Portuguese Maritime Authority.

Local media reported that those on the boat were in a state of shock, with two said to have suffered serious injuries.

The boat was located about two kilometres from the shore between São Pedro de Moel beach and Vieira beach, north of Lisbon.

The National Maritime Authority said rescuers were alerted to the situation at about 4:30 a.m, with four other fishing vessels nearby immediately beginning the search for survivors.

The emergency response included maritime police and coast guard boats, who rushed to the scene as the horror unfolded. Two boats from the Nazaré and Figueira da Foz Lifeguard Station were activated, as well as an aerial surveillance team from the local Nazaré Maritime Police Command and an aircraft from the Portuguese Air Force.

Rescuers from the “SeaWatch” Project, the National Maritime Authority, and the Forensic Diving Group of the Maritime Police also went to the site and searches are ongoing.

Cervaens da Costa, the Commander of Figueira da Foz said: "In any case, the proximity to the coast has some significance, there may also have been some natural influence from the sea, but that`s something we'll be investigating."

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