Coastguard officials are rescuing a British yacht believed to be in the sea northwest of Spain.
The Maritime and Coast Guard Agency reported a beacon warning for the UK-registered 10-meter yacht Helena in an area 500 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre on Friday around 12.20pm.
Two ships were on the way to help, but the yacht’s location meant that the nearest vessel that could help was 22 hours away, it added.
A French maritime patrol aircraft has been sent to search the area.
It is not yet known how many people are on board.
The Coast Guard has been unable to contact the Helena and is asking for help from anyone with more information about the yacht and crew.
“We coordinate the response and work with the French Maritime Rescue Coordination Center, investigating all means to get someone to the scene as quickly as possible, including sending military planes to help, but the location and weather make it a additional challenge, ”Coast Guard watch inspector Piers Stanbury said in the statement.