“The ship ‘Playa Menduia Dos’, with 3 survivors and 7 bodies from the sinking of ‘Villa de Pitanxo’, arrived this morning (…) in the Canadian port of Saint John”, in Newfoundland (west), announced the agency’s marine rescue team Spain, Salvamento Martimo, on Twitter.
On Friday, another vessel that took part in the rescue arrived at the same port as two other bodies from the Galician fishing vessel “Villa de Pitanxo”.
The 50 meter long ship sank on Tuesday 450 kilometers off the Canadian island of Newfoundland, with 24 crew members, 3 of whom survived, 9 died and 12 are missing.
During the day, nine of the dead were officially identified, notified to the delegation of the Spanish government (prefecture) in Galicia.
“The lifeless bodies that were rescued belonged to five Spanish, three Peruvian and one Ghanaian sailors,” the delegation said in a statement published late on Saturday.
The three survivors were two Spaniards and a Ghanaian, from the traveling crew which included them, 16 Spaniards, 5 Peruvians and 3 Ghanaians. According to family members, the two Spaniards were the ship’s captain and his nephew, as well as a Ghanaian sailor.
The Spanish government has also announced that a military plane will travel to Newfoundland on Sunday to take survivors and rescued bodies to Spain.
Hope of finding any of the 12 missing people alive is nil, given the low water temperatures and rough seas of recent days. However, at the request of family members, the Spanish government asked Canada to try to continue the search.
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