One man found, eight missing after boat sinks
22 February 2005, MADRID-Coastguards have rescued one of the nine fishermen who went missing when a fishing boat sank off the coast of Galicia in north-west Spain.
22 February 2005
MADRID-Coastguards have rescued one of the nine fishermen who went missing when a fishing boat sank off the coast of Galicia in north-west Spain.
The man was suffering from hypothermia but was otherwise uninjured.
A huge search was underway to find the other missing fishermen from the boat the 'Siempre Casina'.
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.
Three of the fishermen are from Burela, another three from Peru, two from Senegal and one from the Cape Verde.
The identity of the man who has been rescued has not yet been revealed.
Coastguard rescue launches, two helicopters, one search plane and other fishing boats are taking part in the search for the missing fishermen.
Divers were searching in the wreck of the boat to see if the missing men could be there, surviving in an air pocket.
However, the cause of the disaster was still unknown.
The sea was not dangerous at the time that the boat went under. The wind was only gale force 4-5.
The 20-metre fishing boat is only six years old
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