The Galician fishing Menduiña Two Beach arrived this Saturday at a port in Canada with the three survivors of the shipwreck of the Villa de Pitanxo and seven of the bodies recovered after the tragic event. Bad weather, with strong winds in the port of San Juan de Terranova, has delayed the entry of the ship, which finally took place shortly before noon, Spanish time. Those in charge of directing the docking maneuvers could not access the Galician ship.
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Another ship has been in the port since yesterday, Friday, the Canadian nexus, who moved the other two bodies rescued from the sea. Weather conditions also made it difficult to enter. One of the two bodies has already been identified and is, for the moment, the only one on which the authorities have transferred confirmation to their relatives. This is Rogelio Franco, a natural sailor from Peru who lived in Pontevedra.
The next step is to identify the other eight bodies and put the documents in order for the repatriation of the crew members. The Government has announced that it will send an Army plane tomorrow, Sunday, to bring back the three survivors and the deceased. The family in Pontevedra of Rogelio Franco, however, has confirmed that his body will be repatriated to Peru, where his mother and his children live.
The three survivors of the shipwreck that occurred last Tuesday morning are the ship’s skipper, Juan Padín; his nephew, Eduardo Rial Padín; and the young Ghanaian Samuel Kwesi, a resident of Marin. It is expected that they undergo a medical examination and that a team of forensic experts in the area certify the death of the deceased, a necessary procedure to repatriate them. A forensic team from the American country carries out the identification tasks in which the diplomatic corps and the shipping company, Pesquerías Nores, are also involved, which transferred personnel and hired a company specialized in this matter to deal with the processing.
There are 12 crew members who are still missing. aboard the Villa de Pitanxo There were 24 sailors in total. Canada, which deactivated the search operation on Wednesday, has expressed in recent hours its willingness to resume the search when the weather improves in the area.