2019.07.02 17:30

Ship sinks in Lithuania's Curonian Lagoon, two people saved, captain missing

BNS 2019.07.02 17:30

A sailing exhibit of the Lithuanian Sea Museum, a replica of a traditional fishermen boat – kurėnas, has on Tuesday sunk in the Curonian Lagoon. Two people were saved but the captain is missing, Nina Puteikienė, spokeswoman for the museum told BNS.

"Two people were saved, and the search for its captain Romaldas Adomavičius is taking place," she said.

Puteikienė said Adomavičius built the ship himself in 2000 and it was a sailing exhibit of the Lithuanian Sea Museum. It was heading to a gathering of ships that will take part in a national expedition in Kaunas on July 6.

A call about the incident in the Curonian Lagoon was received at 13:54. Giedrius Mišutis, spokesman for the State Border Guard Service, told BNS a border guard boat was sent to the area and its crew pulled two people out of water, with the third still missing.

Aušra Vaitkevičiūtė, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defense, told BNS an army helicopter was been sent to the area.