The Pitanxo VillaThe owner of the ship announced Monday that it had gone without a rudder or propulsion due to a major mechanical failure in the sinking off the coast of Canada on Tuesday.
The owner of the ship said Monday, National Mourning Day in Spain, that the Spanish tugboat that sank off Canada last Tuesday sank due to engine failure.
“During the maneuver to change course, as the captain had informed the company, the main engine suddenly stopped, leaving the boat without propulsion or rudder, causing an accident when it was hit by wind and waves and motions. The Spanish company Norse explained,” Pitanxo Villa.
These are the first official explanations for the death of 9 people and the disappearance of 12 people in the Atlantic last Tuesday when the 50-meter tug sank 450 km off the east coast of Canada. Only three sailors (two Spaniards and one Ghana) were able to recover.
The worst tragedy in Spanish fishing for forty years
The three survivors departed from St. John’s Airport in Newfoundland, Canada at 7pm on Monday to arrive Monday night at the Santiago de Compostela Airport in the northwest of the country from Monday to Tuesday. With them, all five bodies recovered are flown on the same Spanish Air Force plane.
National mourning was observed on Monday in Spain for the worst tragedy in Spanish fishing in nearly forty years.
Relatives of 12 sailors who went missing and are believed to have sunk have demanded the resumption of search operations suspended last Wednesday due to fog and sea rage. Spanish diplomat Jose Manuel Albarez has asked Canadian envoy Melanie Jolie to resume the search when the weather is calm.
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