Rescued the 11 crew members of the Galician fishing vessel ‘Piedras’ after suffering a leak south of Gran Sol | Spain | The USA Print


The 11 crew members of the Galician fishing boat stones, a ship with 36 meters in length (long) built in 1976, have been rescued this Wednesday in the Gran Sol, off the coast of Ireland, after the ship suffered a leak that was very difficult to plug, according to Maritime Salvage . The ship, which has a British flag but belongs to shipowners from Galicia —its mooring is in the port of the town of Marín (Pontevedra)—, was fishing 64 nautical miles (118 kilometers) southwest of Cape Mizen, in the extreme southwest of Ireland. the fisherman Armaven Onealso flying the flag of Great Britain, has rescued the crew, seven of whom are Spanish, as you have advanced Lighthouse of Vigo. The entire crew is safe. According to Salvamento Marítimo, the ship ended up sinking in the early afternoon despite efforts to keep it afloat.

Salvamento Marítimo has reported this noon that the fishing boat was adrift with fire on board and a strong list to port after the rescue of its 11 crew members. Irish air and sea assets, with a mobilized unit with two bilge pumps, had moved to the ship. Among the 11 crew members there are Spanish, mostly Galician, Moroccan and Ghanaian.

The Xunta and the Government remain in contact with the shipowner company. In statements to Europa Press, the Government delegate, José Miñones, has confirmed that all the sailors are well and has pointed to a leak as the cause of the incident. He has also informed Miñones that the central Executive has made itself available to the shipowner, Nia Ltd, of the Noray Pesca group, based in Marín (Pontevedra).

The president of the Fishing Ship Owners Cooperative of the Port of Vigo (ARVI), Javier Touza, has commented that the rescue operation has been quick and that the physical condition of the crew “is good, although with the nervousness of the circumstances ”. The assembly plant is associated with ARVI, as is the Armaven One, which has rescued the crew, although both ships operate under the British flag. The stones it had its usual unloading point in the port of Vigo. Hours before the waterway opened, he had unloaded all the catch in Castletown, south of the Isle of Man, and set sail for Galicia.

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The British —Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Center Falmouth— and Irish —Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Center Valentia— coordination and rescue services are carrying out the operation in the southern area of ​​the fishing ground. Gran Sol is a fishery located in the north of the Atlantic Ocean, between the west and the south of Ireland, in which hake, megrim and monkfish (the name comes from how sole is said in French and English) are fished. The Spanish fleet that operates in this area, especially dangerous due to its harsh conditions and where some of the worst shipwrecks in the history of the Spanish fleet have occurred, is mostly Galician.

The fishing problem stones arrives three and a half months after the sinking of the Galician ship Villa de Pitanxo in Newfoundland waters (Canada) with 24 crew members on board, of whom only three survived: the ship’s skipper, his nephew and a sailor. It was one of the most serious shipwrecks of the Spanish fleet in recent decades.


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