"Two people were saved, and the search for its captain Romaldas Adomavicius is taking place," she said.

Puteikiene said Adomavicius built the ship himself in 2000 and it was a sailing exhibit of the Lithuanian Sea Museum. It was heading to a gathering of ships that will take part in a national expedition in Kaunas on July 6.

A call about the accident in the Curonian Lagoon was received at 1.54 p.m. Giedrius Misutis, spokesman for the State Border Guard Service, told BNS Lithuania a border guard boat was sent to the area and border guards pulled two people out of the water, with the third still missing.

Ausra Vaitkeviciute, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of National Defense, told BNS Lithuania an army helicopter has been sent to the area.