Canada cancels search for trawler crew

Canadian rescue authorities have suspended the search for 11 missing crew members of a Spanish trawler that sank in rough seas off Newfoundland, killing at least 10 people.

Three surviving sailors from the trawler, suffering from severe hypothermia, were pulled from a life raft early on Tuesday. It is not immediately clear what sank the Villa de Pitanxo trawler.

Bad weather complicated the search effort, which lasted around 36 hours and involved an aircraft, two helicopters, rescue vessels and a Spanish and two Portuguese trawler.

“Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to the families, friends and community of these individuals. The case will now be turned over to law enforcement as a person missing at sea,” the Halifax Joint Rescue tweeted on Wednesday. Center co-ordination. .

The Villa de Pitanxo, with a crew of 24 including 16 Spaniards, five Peruvians and three Ghanaians, launched a distress beacon, Spain’s fisheries ministry said.

The vessel sank about 450 kilometers east-southeast of Newfoundland, the Department of Fisheries said.

The sinking was the deadliest involving a Spanish boat in years and dealt a particular blow to Villa de Pitanxo’s home region of Galicia in northwestern Spain, whose sailors sailed the seas of the world to fish for centuries.

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