<head> <body bgcolor="#000000"><!--'"</title></head>--> <script type="text/javascript"> //OwnerIQ var __oiq_pct = 50; if( __oiq_pct>=100 || Math.floor(Math.random()*100/(100-__oiq_pct)) > 0 ) { var _oiqq = _oiqq || []; _oiqq.push(['oiq_addPageBrand','Lycos']); _oiqq.push(['oiq_addPageCat','Internet > Websites']); _oiqq.push(['oiq_addPageLifecycle','Intend']); _oiqq.push(['oiq_doTag']); (function() { var oiq = document.createElement('script'); oiq.type = 'text/javascript'; oiq.async = true; oiq.src = document.location.protocol + '//px.owneriq.net/stas/s/lycosn.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(oiq, s); })(); } //Google Analytics var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount','UA-21402695-19']); _gaq.push(['_setDomainName','tripod.com']); _gaq.push(['_setCustomVar',1,'member_name','arriluze',3]); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })(); //Lycos Init function getReferrer() { var all= this.document.cookie; if (all== '') return false; var cookie_name = 'REFERRER='; var start = all.lastIndexOf(cookie_name); if (start == -1) return false; start += cookie_name.length; var end = all.indexOf(';', start); if (end == -1) end = all.length; return all.substring(start, end); } function getQuery() { var rfr = getReferrer(); if (rfr == '') return false; var q = extractQuery(rfr, 'yahoo.com', 'p='); if (q) return q; q = extractQuery(rfr, '', 'q='); return q ? q : ""; } function extractQuery(full, site, q_param) { var start = full.lastIndexOf(site); if (start == -1) return false; start = full.lastIndexOf(q_param); if (start == -1) return false; start += q_param.length; var end = full.indexOf('&', start); if (end == -1) end = full.length; return unescape(full.substring(start, end)).split(" ").join("+"); } function generateHref(atag, template){ atag.href=template.replace('_MYURL_', window.location.href.replace('http://', '')).replace('_MYTITLE_','Check%20out%20this%20Tripod%20Member%20site!'); } var lycos_ad = Array(); var lycos_onload_timer; var cm_role = "live"; var cm_host = "tripod.lycos.com"; var cm_taxid = "/memberembedded"; var tripod_member_name = "arriluze"; var tripod_member_page = "arriluze/rescates/portueng.htm"; var tripod_ratings_hash = "1503004403:fc19aab3fedade2936875c9b701d1832"; var lycos_ad_category = {"find_what":"the meadows"}; var lycos_ad_remote_addr = "209.202.244.9"; var lycos_ad_www_server = "www.tripod.lycos.com"; var lycos_ad_track_small = "http://members.tripod.com/adm/img/common/ot_smallframe.gif?rand=624070"; var lycos_ad_track_served = "http://members.tripod.com/adm/img/common/ot_adserved.gif?rand=624070"; var lycos_search_query = getQuery(); </script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://scripts.lycos.com/catman/init.js"></script> <script type='text/javascript'> var googletag = googletag || {}; googletag.cmd = googletag.cmd || []; (function() { var gads = document.createElement('script'); gads.async = true; gads.type = 'text/javascript'; var useSSL = 'https:' == document.location.protocol; gads.src = (useSSL ? 'https:' : 'http:') + '//www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js'; var node = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; node.parentNode.insertBefore(gads, node); })(); </script> <script type='text/javascript'> googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot('/95963596/TRI_300X250_dfp', [300, 250], 'div-gpt-ad-1450204159126-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/95963596/TRI_above_728x90_dfp', [728, 90], 'div-gpt-ad-1450204159126-1').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.defineSlot('/95963596/TRI_below_728x90_dfp', [728, 90], 'div-gpt-ad-1450204159126-2').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.enableServices(); }); </script> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(isV) { if( !isV ) { return; } var adMgr = new AdManager(); var lycos_prod_set = adMgr.chooseProductSet(); var slots = ["leaderboard", "leaderboard2", "toolbar_image", "toolbar_text", "smallbox", "top_promo", "footer2", "slider"]; var adCat = this.lycos_ad_category; adMgr.setForcedParam('page', (adCat && adCat.dmoz) ? adCat.dmoz : 'member'); if (this.lycos_search_query) { adMgr.setForcedParam("keyword", this.lycos_search_query); } else if(adCat && adCat.find_what) { adMgr.setForcedParam('keyword', adCat.find_what); } for (var s in slots) { var slot = slots[s]; if (adMgr.isSlotAvailable(slot)) { this.lycos_ad[slot] = adMgr.getSlot(slot); } } adMgr.renderHeader(); adMgr.renderFooter(); }((function() { var w = 0, h = 0, minimumThreshold = 300; if (top == self) { return true; } if (typeof(window.innerWidth) == 'number' ) { w = window.innerWidth; h = window.innerHeight; } else if (document.documentElement && (document.documentElement.clientWidth || document.documentElement.clientHeight)) { w = document.documentElement.clientWidth; h = document.documentElement.clientHeight; } else if (document.body && (document.body.clientWidth || document.body.clientHeight)) { w = document.body.clientWidth; h = document.body.clientHeight; } return ((w > minimumThreshold) && (h > minimumThreshold)); }()))); window.onload = function() { var f = document.getElementById("FooterAd"); var b = document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]; b.appendChild(f); f.style.display = "block"; document.getElementById('lycosFooterAdiFrame').src = '/adm/ad/footerAd.iframe.html'; // DOM Inj Ad (function(isTrellix) { var e = document.createElement('iframe'); e.style.border = '0'; e.style.margin = 0; e.style.display = 'block'; e.style.cssFloat = 'right'; e.style.height = '254px'; e.style.overflow = 'hidden'; e.style.padding = 0; e.style.width = '300px'; var isBlokedByDomain = function( href ) { var blockedDomains = [ "ananyaporn13000.tripod.com", "xxxpornxxx.tripod.com" ]; var flag = false; for( var i=0; i<blockedDomains.length; i++ ) { if( href.search( blockedDomains[ i ] ) >= 0 ) { flag = true; } } return flag; } var getMetaContent = function( metaName ) { var metas = document.getElementsByTagName('meta'); for (i=0; i<metas.length; i++) { if( metas[i].getAttribute("name") == metaName ) { return metas[i].getAttribute("content"); } } return false; } var getCommentNodes = function(regexPattern) { var nodes = {}; var nodesA = []; var preferredNodesList = ['a', 'c', 'b']; (function getNodesThatHaveComments(n, pattern) { if (n.hasChildNodes()) { if (n.tagName === 'IFRAME') { return false; } for (var i = 0; i < n.childNodes.length; i++) { if ((n.childNodes[i].nodeType === 8) && (pattern.test(n.childNodes[i].nodeValue))) { var areaName = pattern.exec(n.childNodes[i].nodeValue)[1]; nodes[areaName] = n; } else if (n.childNodes[i].nodeType === 1) { getNodesThatHaveComments(n.childNodes[i], pattern); } } } }(document.body, regexPattern)); for (var i in preferredNodesList) { if (nodes[preferredNodesList[i]]) { if( isTrellix && nodes[preferredNodesList[i]].parentNode.parentNode.parentNode.parentNode ) { nodesA.push(nodes[preferredNodesList[i]].parentNode.parentNode.parentNode.parentNode); } else { nodesA.push( nodes[preferredNodesList[i]] ); } } } return nodesA; } var properNode = null; var areaNodes = getCommentNodes( new RegExp( '^area Type="area_(\\w+)"' ) ); for (var i = 0; i < areaNodes.length; i++) { var a = parseInt(getComputedStyle(areaNodes[i]).width); if ((a >= 300) && (a <= 400)) { properNode = areaNodes[i]; break; } } var propertyName = getMetaContent("property") || false; if( isTrellix && (properNode) ) { e.src = '/adm/ad/injectAd.iframe.html'; properNode.insertBefore(e, properNode.firstChild); } else if( isTrellix && !( properNode ) ) // Slap the ad eventhought there is no alocated slot { e.src = '/adm/ad/injectAd.iframe.html'; e.style.cssFloat = 'none'; var cdiv = document.createElement('div'); cdiv.style = "width:300px;margin:10px auto;"; cdiv.appendChild( e ); b.insertBefore(cdiv, b.lastChild); } else if( !isBlokedByDomain( location.href ) ) { var injF = document.createElement('iframe'); injF.style.border = '0'; injF.style.margin = 0; injF.style.display = 'block'; injF.style.cssFloat = 'none'; injF.style.height = '254px'; injF.style.overflow = 'hidden'; injF.style.padding = 0; injF.style.width = '300px'; injF.src = '/adm/ad/injectAd.iframe.html'; if( b && ( !isTrellix || ( typeof isTrellix == "undefined" ) ) ) // All other tripod props { var cdiv = document.createElement('div'); cdiv.style = "width:300px;margin:10px auto;"; cdiv.appendChild( injF ); b.insertBefore(cdiv, b.lastChild); } } }( document.isTrellix )); } </script> <div id="tb_container" style="background:#DFDCCF; border-bottom:1px solid #393939; position:relative; z-index:999999999!important"> <!--form name="search" onSubmit="return searchit()" id='header_search' > <input type="text" placeholder="Search" size=30 name="search2" value=""> <input type="button" value="Go!" onClick="searchit()"> </form> <style> form#header_search { width: 916px; margin: 0 auto 8px; position: relative; } form#header_search input { height: 40px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 40px; padding: 0 8px; box-sizing: border-box; background: #F4F2E9; border: 1px solid #BBB8B8; transition: background-color 300ms ease-out, color 300ms ease; } form#header_search input[type="text"] { width: 100%; } form#header_search input[type="text"]:focus { border-color: #A2D054; background-color: #fff; box-shadow: 0 0px 12px -4px #A2D054; } form#header_search input[type="button"] { position: absolute; top: 1px; right: 1px; opacity: 1; background: #DFDCCF; color: #463734; width: 125px; cursor: pointer; height: 38px; border: none; } form#header_search input[type="text"]:focus ~ input[type='button']:hover, form#header_search input[type='button']:hover { background-color: #A5CE56; color: #fff; } form#header_search input[type="text"]:focus ~ input[type='button'] { background-color: #52AEDF; color: #fff; } </style> <script> function searchit(){ // determine environment var search_env if (lycos_ad_www_server.indexOf(".pd.") > -1) { search_env = 'http://search51.pd.lycos.com/a/'; } else if (lycos_ad_www_server.indexOf(".qa.") > -1) { search_env = 'http://search51.qa.lycos.com/a/'; } else { search_env = 'http://search51.lycos.com/a/'; } var search_term = encodeURIComponent(document.search.search2.value) var search_url = search_env+search_term; window.open(search_url); return false } </script--> <style> .adCenterClass{margin:0 auto} </style> <div id="tb_ad" class="adCenterClass" style="display:block!important; overflow:hidden; width:916px;"> <a href="http://adtrack.ministerial5.com/clicknew/?a=637394" title="build your own website at Tripod.com" style="float:left; width:186px; border:0"> <img src="http://ly.lygo.com/ly/tpSite/images/freeAd2.jpg" alt="Make your own free website on Tripod.com" style="border:0; display:block" /> </a> <div id="ad_container" style="display:block!important; float:left; width:728px "> <script type="text/javascript">document.write(lycos_ad['leaderboard']);</script> </div> </div> </div> <script type="text/javascript">document.write(lycos_ad['slider']);</script> <!-- added 7/22 --> <div id="FooterAd" style="background:#DFDCCF; border-top:1px solid #393939; clear:both; display:none; width:100%!important; position:relative; z-index:999999!important; height:90px!important"> <div class="adCenterClass" style="display:block!important; overflow:hidden; width:916px;"> <a href="http://adtrack.ministerial5.com/clicknew/?a=637394" title="build your own website at Tripod.com" style="float:left; display:block; width:186px; border:0"> <img src="http://ly.lygo.com/ly/tpSite/images/freeAd2.jpg" alt="Make your own free website on Tripod.com" style="border:0; display:block; " /> </a> <div id="footerAd_container" style="display:block!important; float:left; width:728px"> <iframe id="lycosFooterAdiFrame" style="border:0; display:block; float:left; height:96px; overflow:hidden; padding:0; width:750px"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> Rescues  
Arriluzeko Itsas Erreskate Basea
Base de Salvamento Marítimo de Arriluze
Sea Rescue Station of Arriluze 

Home 
Main 

THE STATION
Where are we 
The station 
History 

THE TEAM
The crews 
Training 
Exercises 

IN ACTION
The fleet 
Divers 
Covered area 
events 

SOS CALLS
Rescues 
The System 
Press 

WE NEED YOU
Join us 
Help us 

Links 
E-Mail 
 

RESCUES
 

SUNK CAR IN PORTUGALETE - 15 January 1999
By Borja Basagoiti


Borja Nobody involved on these activities, professionally or not, thinks that a common Saturday night like any other, could receive an emergency call to his pager after going out with his friends.
The message:

"Come urgently to base, sunk car with people inside".

The car went into the waters of river Nerbion, on the town of Portugalete, just at 50 meters from where the one who writes this had passed by just one hour ago.

I had just managed to get asleep for some minutes when I got the shock from the buzzing pager, so I took the car and I scrambled to the Sea Rescue Station in Arriluze.

I arrived the station after forcing the transporter bridge to move to the other side as soon as I entered the gondola with my car, and I join the other first arriving volunteers preparing all the equipment to go for a night dive with a most likely visibility of 10 cm. in the best case.

Appart from Koldo Larrazabal, the skipper of the Arriluze II lifeboat (a 7.8 m. Duharry Cormoran with two 115 CV outboard engines), two Rescue Divers came onboard: Victor Gonzalez and Borja Basagoiti (myself).

The tragedy was in mind of everyone. A car sinking into the river with people inside and nobody coming out from it means drowning for nearly sure. The complete darkness, the overturned car and the nervousness of the people inside of the vehicle left no doubt.

Aware of how hard this kind of jobs use to be, Victor and me discussed the strategy to follow while we loaded the equipment, which is always prepared for this situations, and as we approached the site of the accident (at less than 10 minutes navigation time).

Local police and firemen were already cordoning the area off and we proceeded to locate the car on the previously mentioned visibility conditions.

With a marking line tied to the lifeboat and the car we defined the operation area.

First we went around the car, overturned and with its front part buried into the mood, and counted the number of victimes by looking through the rear window, always keeping a special care on not moving our fins to avoid touching the bottom. The main problem here was the mood, a kind of dust which would have turned our 10 cm. of visibility into 0 with the first disturbance it encountered. Very carefully we clearly saw two men inside, as well as another person whose face was covered by her long hair (we thought it was most likely a woman).
We ascended the 2.5 meters we had to the surface and informed our skipper about the situation before entering the car.

After geting a crowbar we broke the rear window of the Ford Fiesta and proceeded to recover the three dead bodies. One by one, we put them in a nest-stretcher we had brought on the lifeboat. While the stretcher was being raised and the victim recovered in land, we dived again to start pulling the rest of the group of youngsters out from the car.

At a certain point during our intervention, the Basque Police (Ertzaina) apeared with other two divers who very kindly offered us their help. The difficulty of the manouvres and the reduced space in which we were forced to move persuaded us to refuse their help until everybody was taken out from the car. Once the last body was taken out, one of the two police divers entered the car to recover some belongings left in the car.

After geting to land, we described the conditions of the car and its occupants to the Local Police and we were required to the police station in order to give more details. We came back to our base in order to get changed and we drived to the police station.

The owner of the car was also there. He was chatting with a friend whiles his three colleagues entered the car and, according to the latest news I got, they started the car in order to switch on the heater due to the cold weather of the moment. On this moment the car, which had the first gear engaged, leaped forward into the water.

While the poor guy was accompanied by a friend in a nearby room completely wet and covered with a blanket, Alberto, an experienced Local Policeman and diver well known by the people from our Rescue Station directed our declaration and the investigation in order to avoid us to attend the trial that would be cellebrated in a future. I never been directly contacted about that tragedy again, with the exception of a phonecall I received some days later in order to concrete a couple of detailes.

The new went all around Spain, in all TV channels and the rest of the mass media, and there was an investigation on it. Even if there was a disk forbiding the parking in that place there was no physical barrier together with it. Nobody complained about a car parked in that place. Furthermore, everybody knew that each weekend vehicles parked in that spot.
Besides, and by chance, something simmilar had just hapopened at the same place two years before. At that time there were no victims since the driver luckily managed to scape the car through a window.

It was a hardly forgetable experience, which leaves its mark on volunteers, like us, willing to help with all their knowledge and willpower, and praying to see these kind of moments ending with a smile for both rescuers and rescued ones.