Harrowing Mid-Atlantic Rescue of Greek Captain (video)

Dramatic footage from last Saturday’s rescue of a 47-year-old Greek captain in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean has been released by the Portuguese Air Force.

The man was airlifted from the vessel Minerva Gloria, as it sailed 420 kilometers (260 miles) southwest of Terceira Island, in the Azores archipelago. The daring rescue occurred in “adverse whether conditions” with 12-meter (40-foot) swells and 74 kmh (46 mph) winds.

The man, who required urgent medical attention, was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Ponta Delgada. His condition is now reported as stable.