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The cruise ship ‘Independence of the Seas’, which had departed from the port of Funchal at 4:00 pm today, headed towards Punta Langosteira, Spain, was forced to return to the Funchal port not long after leaving, due to a passenger with health problems.

It was already while sailing off the coast of Santa Cruz that the ship made the decision to reverse the course, and should arrive in Funchal after 17 hours.

According to the Diario report from the Port Authority of Funchal, the request to re-dock was made by the ship’s commander, explaining that a passenger has respiratory difficulties.

The presence of an ambulance in the port has already been requested to carry the victim to a health unit.

Thanks to Pam Perks for the Photo taken from Caniço de Baixo