Whilst on her way to Rio de Janeiro, the Brazillian freighter, "Camboinhas", radioed that she was in difficulties.
Whilst on her way to Rio de Janeiro, the Brazillian freighter, "Camboinhas", radioed that she was in difficulties. The ship was due in at port for various repairs; with the heavy seas battering her, the condition of the vessel worsened. Just as she came in view of Rio Harbour the "Camboinhas" struck on a sandbank and stuckfast.
A Naval corvette, the "Angostura", answered her distress signal and set about towing her off the sand. Meanwhile the seas in the area gradually became heavier; suddenly the two-rope snapped and the corvette was washed onto the sandbank. Sitting side by side the two ships radioed frantically for help. Salvage ships put out and attempted to free both vessels. Within a short time another five Naval units arrived on the spot to give assistance.
Slowly, though, the "Camboinhas", sunk further and further into to the sand, until eventually, with 20 feet of her bulk under, rescue attempt were suspended. Built in Britain, in 1913, as a warship, the "Camboinhas" served with the Royal Navy during the first world war.
Now, unhappily, she settles in the sea. Her owners reckoned that it would cost as much as she is worth to haul her off the sandbank and have decided to sell her as scrap, so that she can be dismantled where she lies. This operation will have to be completed very soon, for the stormy waters in the Itaipu area will quickly push the vessel down into the sand and she will be lost for ever.
Desperately the salvage ships are working on the corvette but so far there seems little likelihood of her being rescued intact.