A total of 30 persons died as a result of the sinking
of the Chilean motor bulk carrier
during abnormally severe weather conditions
on July 24, 1987.
The Alborada with a crrw of 28 and nine passengers
had sailed from the port of Lota,
south of Talcahuano at 0930 on July 23
loaded with 17,300 tons of coal in bulk
bound for Ventanas, Chile.
When she then began taking in water in heavy seas,
which were backed by 50 mph winds,
the master reported to the Talcahuano port authority
his intention of putting into that port for refuge.
However, one hour later, the vessel was caught by a violent storm
and transmitted an SOS at 0320 on July 24.
The Alborada sank only a few minutes later
just under two miles from Gualpen Point
near San Vicente in lat 36.43.36S long 73.16.06W.
Only 7 survivors were picked up
from the freezing seas three hours after their vessel sank.