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Survivors and bodies of crew members from a sinking Spanish fishing ship arrive in St. John’s on the second ship

Survivors and bodies of crew members from a sinking Spanish fishing ship arrive in St. John’s on the second ship
Survivors and bodies of crew members from a sinking Spanish fishing ship arrive in St. John’s on the second ship

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A ship carrying three survivors and the bodies of seven crew members from a Spanish fishing vessel that sank off the coast of Newfoundland arrived in St. John’s on Saturday.

The Playa Menduina Dos entered St. John’s harbor Saturday morning, where the bodies of the deceased were unloaded from the ship by crane and placed in waiting hearses. Canadian customs officials were seen aboard the ship.

Early Tuesday morning, the fishing vessel Villa de Pitanxo sank in heavy seas off the coast of Newfoundland. Among the surviving crew members were the ship’s 53-year-old skipper and his 42-year-old nephew, Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia reported.

The three survivors were found on a life raft in the water. The bodies of nine crew members were found after the ship sank.

Of the 24 crew members, twelve were still missing when the search was called off on Thursday.

Stephen Waller, acting regional supervisor of maritime search and rescue at JRCC Halifax, said the search was hampered Tuesday by severe weather conditions and high waves.

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According to Waller, the surviving crew members suffered from hypothermia but did not require medical attention.

Another ship, the Maersk Nexus, arrived in St. John’s on Friday with two crew members on board who died.

The cause of Tuesday’s accident has not yet been determined. The RCMP has said the investigation is outside its jurisdiction.

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The Transportation Safety Board of Canada told CBC News that Spain is responsible for investigating the tragedy.

Of the 24 crew members, 16 were from Spain, five from Peru and three from Ghana.

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