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Spanish officials reach St. John’s to repatriate survivors, bodies from the sunken ship

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Survivors’ bodies from sunken Spanish fishing ships will be repatriated this week.
  • Deputy Premier Siobhan Coady welcomes Spanish officials who came to St. John’s on Sunday. 

St. John’s greets the Spanish Officials as they arrive to repatriate bodies and survivors: 

On Sunday, Spanish officials came to Newfoundland and Labrador to start repatriating the survivors and the bodies rescued from the sinking of a Spanish fishing ship.

Deputy Premier Siobhan Coady met with Alfredo Martinez, Spanish Ambassador to Canada, and Jean Pierre Andrieux, Honorary Vice-Consul of Spain to Newfoundland and Labrador, as their flight landed in St. John’s late Sunday morning.

The Villa de Pitanxo fishing ship plunged in heavy seas off the coast of Newfoundland early Tuesday. Three survivors and the bodies of nine staff members were found after the vessel sank.

Of the 24 team members, 12 were still missing when the probe was called off Thursday.

Premier Andrew Furey tells the region is offering any help it can.

Read more: Survivors bodies of the unit from the Spanish fishing vessel dip reach St. John’s

Spanish Officials in St. John’s to repatriate the survivors and bodies

“As a local government, we can assist in support on the ground in our jurisdiction, and then help guide the federal bureaucracy where applicable, to confirm that this is seamless during this period of catastrophe,” he stated.

Furey said offering help was necessary for the wake of what he named a “substantive international event.”

“We were almost ready to help the efforts given the nation has a personal relationship over history with the sea and in certain, the fishing grounds off Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said.

Furey told some of the bodies and survivors would be flown back tomorrow, and a meeting with officials is in the results early in the week.

“We would like to get to a room where both governments and both sets of governments are in a position where we can honor those lives lost,” he stated.

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