Fishing tragedies on Spanish vessels see relatives pressure governments

A sequence of tragedies on Spanish fishing vessels has seen relatives of the 21 victims of the sinking of the Villa de Pitanxo (IMO 9098244) meet with the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, in Madrid on July 26th. The relatives are asking the Spanish government to collect evidence and ascertain the cause of the incident. The representative of the government in Galicia, Jose Minones, was also expected to attend the meeting (IMN February 23rd and earlier dates)

Spokeswoman for the relatives María José de Pazo said that they wanted an objective investigation to establish the cause of the disaster. Also they want the wreck to be accessed before the end of summer.

The vessel sank during the morning of February 15th when it was about 255nm east of the easternmost coast of Newfoundland. Three fishermen were rescued, including the captain, but the remainder died. Nine bodies were recovered after two days of searching, which ended during the afternoon of February 17th.

De Pazo said that remotely operated vehicles could access the vessel

It was noted that there had been another sinking since the Villa de Pitanxo accident. Fishing boat Piedras ship sank in Ireland on June 1st, while an explosion on the Albacora 4 resulted in two fatalities.

2004-built, Spain-flagged, 825 gt Villa De Pitanxo is owned and managed by Nores Marin Pesquerias of Marin (Pontevedra), Spain. It was entered with British Marine on behalf of Pesquerias Nores Marin SL.