Three fishermen die in blaze off West Africa

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10 November 2006, JOHANNESBURG — Three fishermen died in a fire aboard a trawler which sank off the coast of Namibia.

10 November 2006

JOHANNESBURG — Three fishermen died in a fire aboard a trawler which sank off the coast of Namibia.

The Spanish firm Pescanova, which owned the boat, said the 22 other people aboard the boat had been rescued safe and sound.

Luis Rodal Molanes and Juan M. Filgueira Cordal died in the fire, along with an unidentified Namibian crewman.

The Diaz, operated by Pescanova affiliate Diaz Trawling, caught fire around 6:10 pm on Wednesday  while cruising about 60 nautical miles off the coast of southwestern Africa.

The Pescanova spokesman told Efe via telephone that the vessel was carrying four Spanish and 21 Namibian crewmen.

Rodal Molanes was the chief engineer and Filgueira was the boat's first mate.

The Diaz sank Thursday at 3:15 p.m. (1415 GMT), almost 24 hours after the fire broke out in the engine room, the Pescanova spokesman said.

Diaz Trawling is a joint venture between Pescanova's NovaNam subsidiary and a Namibian company.

The trawler had been operating without problems for more than 10 years, according to the Pescanova spokesman, who said the fire began with a still-unexplained explosion in the Diaz's engine room.

Pescanova officials said the rest of the crew was taken to the Namibian coastal city of Walvis Bay, having been rescued from their burning vessel by five fishing boats that responded to the distress calls from the Diaz.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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