The FV Villa de Pitanxo which has sunk 450km off Nova Scotia today.

The search for the missing crew of the fishing vessel Villa de Pitanxo continues

The search for the crew of the fishing vessel Villa de Pitanxo shipwrecked about 450 kilometers to the ESE of Nova Scotia continues.

The weather situation in the area is west component winds of 25 knots, rough sea status with 6/7 metres waves with good visibility.

Canada’s Coast Guard vessel Cygnus is the coordinator in the area. The ships Cygnus and Maersk Nexus are actively participating in the search; and the fishing vessels Rio Caxil (Spanish) and Franca da Morte (Portuguese).

When it became light, the Portuguese fishing boats Lutador, Pascoal Atlantico and Novo Virgem da Barca joined the operation; and the Spanish fishing boat Palya Menduiña Dos.

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Also, a Canadian Coast Guard plane has been mobilised.

The report at 10:30h (GMT+1) was that 3 survivors have been rescued, the bodies of 10 people have been recovered and 11 crew remain missing. Halifax Coordination Center featuring Maritime Rescue.

The Villa de Pitanxo sank in the early hours of yesterday morning on a fishing trip for tuna, 450kms off Nova Scotia in the Northwest Atlantic.

The vessel was carrying a crew of 24: 16 of whom were Spanish, 5 Peruvian and 3 Ghanian. The 50-metre Villa de Pitanxo fished out of the port of Marín (Pontevedra) in Spain.

According to the coordination centre at Salvamento Marítimo, another Spanish fishing boat, the Playa Menduiña Dos, which was near the scene of the emergency rescued three crew members alive and six bodies from a life raft when it arrived at the scene of the sinking.

Rescue efforts were coordinated between Canadian authorities at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Halifax and the National Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (CNCS).

by Oliver McBride
Follow The Fishing Daily

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