Thursday, December 8

All the bodies recovered after the shipwreck of the ‘Villa de Pitanxo’ have been identified

The nine bodies recovered from the sea after the shipwreck of the Galician fishing boat Villa de Pitanxo have already been identified. As confirmed by the Government Delegation in Galicia through a statement, there are five sailors of Spanish origin, three Peruvians and one Ghanaian. At the moment, it has transpired that among the deceased are Miguel Ángel Lumbres, born in Peru, and Juan Antonio Cordero, from Lepe (Huelva). On Friday it was learned that one of the first two bodies that came to body is that of the Peruvian Rogelio Franco.

Another Galician fishing boat, the Menduina Two Beach, aboard which were the three survivors -Juan Padín, Eduardo Rial Padín and Samuel Kwesi- and seven of the recovered bodies, arrived this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. -Spanish time- at the port of San Juan de Terranova. On Friday, another ship had arrived, the nexus, from Canada, which brought ashore the other two bodies found after the shipwreck. The rest of the crew, 12 other sailors, are still missing.

The survivors left the ship that brought them ashore around 4:00 p.m. and are scheduled to undergo medical tests. The Government announced that this Sunday it will send an Army plane to repatriate both the three sailors rescued alive and the bodies of their companions.

Psychological care for families

A group of psychologists is accompanying the relatives of the sailors who were on board the Villa de Pitanxo. One of them, Hafdallah Menni, a member of the Psychological Intervention Group for Emergency Situations (Gipse), explains that relatives have to face an “incessant swing between hope and despair” while waiting for news. In situations like this “emotions take on a supernatural power,” he tells Europa Press.

There are about twenty psychologists who are attending families in this case. They focus on helping them manage these emotions and accept them and “give themselves permission” to feel them, explains Hafdallah Menni, who emphasizes that there is a very important aspect in the case of shipwrecks: bodies do not always appear: “It is not the same to have a mourning for a loved one who has died due to an illness or accident, that we have been able to see and fulfill our rituals to say goodbye to when there is a death without a body to watch over and without a grave to visit”. In these cases, he adds, it is not uncommon for relatives “not to feel their sadness is legitimate.”

The specialist explains that psychologists are normally with the families for the first 48 or 72 hours after a tragic event like this and that the end of the intervention is usually done with the funeral. On that occasion, however, it may last days or weeks because it is “an exceptional case.”