Three fisherman drown as boat sinks in Atlantic

25th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2006, MADRID — Three fisherman drowned after their boat sank 180 miles off the coast of Ireland.

25 May 2006

MADRID — Three fisherman drowned after their boat sank 180 miles off the coast of Ireland.

The men who died were from Ghana, Spain and Guinea.

Initially, a search had been mounted for the Spaniard and the Guinean, but rescuers gave them up for dead after hours of searching.

Their boat, 'Dinish', which was based in Vigo, in Galicia, sank 180 nautical miles off the Scilly Isles on Wednesday night.

Mark Thomas, spokesman for Falmouth coastguards in the UK, said the body of the Ghanain has been taken by helicopter to a hospital in Cork in Ireland.  

He was 63 and had been head engineer on the boat.

When Falmouth coastguards received an SOS message on Wednesday night, they sent two rescue helicopters, a search and rescue boat and called on all ships in the area to join the search operation.

Stenna Contest, a merchant ship, flying the Bermudas flag, rescued six of the crewmen – five Spaniards and one Senegalese.

Another crewman was rescued by the Liberian ship 'Stole Capvilki'.

It seems the Spanish ship was heading for an Irish port when she sank.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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