Grim search for lost fishermen begins
24 February 2005, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA-The fishing boat which sank with the loss of eight lives was being towed back to a river mouth so divers can search for the bodies of the missing fishermen.
24 February 2005
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA-The fishing boat which sank with the loss of eight lives was being towed back to a river mouth so divers can search for the bodies of the missing fishermen.
The 'Siempre Casina' was being taken back to the River Viveiro in Lugo, in Galicia, in north-west Spain.
The boat sank early on Tuesday 20 miles off the coast of Ribadeo and Tapia to the north of Galicia.
The boat, which is based in the small fishing town of Burela, started to sink and the crew sent out an emergency SOS message at about 6.02am.
The only survivor watched as his own father sank with the boat.
Gerardo Taboada Fernandez, 24, was rescued by coastguards near the boat. He was suffering from hypothermia but was otherwise uninjured.
Taboada told how he was the only man awake when the boat was returning to port and could get clear of the boat when it suddenly went down.
His father, Gerardo Taboada Pardo, who owned the boat, was presumed dead.
His son said there was nothing he could do to save his father or any of the others.
Coastguard rescue launches, two helicopters, one search plane and other fishing boats took part in the search for the missing fishermen.
The sea was not dangerous at the time that the boat went under. The wind was only gale force 4-5 and the 20-metre fishing boat is only six years old
Once the boat has been secured in a place where the water is not deep, divers will be able to enter the wreck to search for the bodies.
It appears that a sudden swell of sea may have been enough to sink the boat which was suddenly flooded and sank quickly.
The fishermen who died were named as Camilo Montes Fernández, Jorge Luis Peña Ormeño, Richard Gustavo Manchego Valdés, José Santos Clavijo Mogollón, who were from Berula, a small village in Galicia.
Three others were Peruvians while Mousa Npong and Souleymane Faye, were from Senegal, and Víctor Jorge Corrella López, was from Cape Verde.
Two government ministers Elena Espinosa (Agricultura and Fishing) and Magdalena Álvarez (Development) travelled to Burela to offer their support to the grieving families.
The town of Burela suffered a similar tragedy when 11 fishermen died when a boat sank in 1973.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news