Survivor watched as his father drowned

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23 February 2005, MADRID-Divers searching for the bodies of eight fishermen who went missing when their boat sank off the coast of Galicia in north-west Spain were trying again to enter the half-sunken vessel.

23 February 2005

MADRID-Divers searching for the bodies of eight fishermen who went missing when their boat sank off the coast of Galicia in north-west Spain were trying again to enter the half-sunken vessel.

The search team believe seven of the eight fishermen's bodies may be inside the hulk of the boat, which sank 20 miles of the coast early on Tuesday. The other may be on the ocean floor.

Meanwhile, it emerged 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 thought to have died when the boat sank.

But his son said there was nothing he could do to save his father or any of the others.

The 'Siempre Casina' 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 were from Burela, another three from Peru, two from Senegal and one from the Cape Verde.

Coastguard rescue launches, two helicopters, one search plane and other fishing boats  took part in the search for the missing fishermen.

The cause of the disaster is still unknown.

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

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

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