Four people died this Tuesday, after the shipwreck of the Galician ship “Villa de Pitanxo” in the waters of Newfoundland, Canada, according to information provided by Salvamento Marítimo.
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Of the crew made up of 24 sailors (16 Spaniards, five Peruvians and three Ghanaians), 17 people are still missing.
The lifeless bodies were found in one of the life rafts, which were located near the sinking, about 450 kilometers east of Newfoundland.
Deployed a maritime and aerial device to rescue the 24 crew members of the Villa de Pitanxo fishing boat that has been shipwrecked some 450 kilometers ESE of Newfoundland. It is a 50 meter long fishing vessel with a base port in Marín (Pontevedra). pic.twitter.com/YnGSqlmVXz
— MARITIME RESCUE (@salvamentogob)
February 15, 2022
According to information from the National Maritime Rescue Coordination Center, the ship “Villa de Pitanxo”, based in Marín (Pontevera), issued two alerts in the early hours of the morning, which could not be reciprocated by local authorities as the signal was lost. .
The sub-delegate of the Government in Pontevedra, Maica Larriba, announced that the survivors were in a hypothermic state as a result of the icy waters of Newfoundland.
We continue with concern and concern the search and rescue tasks of the crew of the Galician ship sunk in the waters of Newfoundland.
All my love to their families. The Government remains in continuous contact with the rescue services.
– Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon)
February 15, 2022
Canadian helicopters and ships, as well as fishing boats, cooperate in the rescue efforts. In this sense, Maritime Rescue, an entity of the Spanish Ministry of Transport, has deployed a maritime and aerial device to organize the rescue of the missing fishermen.
For his part, the Spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, posted on his Twitter account that: “We are following with concern and concern the search and rescue tasks for the crew of the Galician ship sunk in the waters of Newfoundland.” At the same time, he confirmed the support of the Spanish government with the rescue services.
The search operation to locate the 17 missing crew members of the Galician fishing vessel Villa de Pitanxo continues in Newfoundland in an area with “wind, rough seas and reduced visibility”.