It is a real drama of the sea. Ten sailors perished and eleven are still missing after the sinking of a Spanish trawler off the coast of Canada, in the Atlantic.

And the arrival of night and even lower temperatures reduced the hope of finding survivors.

“Unfortunately, three other deceased people have been recovered from the fishing boat” which sank, tweeted the Canadian rescue team at the start of the evening.

Shortly after the sinking, three sailors who had managed to board a lifeboat were able to be saved.

Debris found

The weather conditions, with waves of more than 4 meters and wind, made the search very complicated all day for the Canadian rescuers.

When the Villa de Pitanxo sank around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, 450 kilometers southeast of Newfoundland, 24 crew members were on board.

Debris from a 50-meter-long trawler anchored in the small port of Marin in Galicia, northwestern Spain, has been found, said Brian Owens, Canadian spokesman for the rescue and coordination center, who manages the searches.

According to Spanish sea rescue, the crew consisted of 16 Spaniards, 5 Peruvians and 3 Ghanaians.

Survivors in a state of hypothermia

The boat had an "accident" and "sent a distress signal", and two ships came to its rescue, said Rosa Quintana, the head of maritime affairs for the Galician regional government.

It was another Spanish boat, the Playa Menduina Dos, which finally found around 5:30 a.m. the bodies of four of the victims, as well as three survivors in a lifeboat.

These three sailors, whose nationality has not been specified, were evacuated in a state of hypothermia by a Canadian sea rescue helicopter.

According to the sub-prefect of Pontevedra, Maica Larriba, a total of four lifeboats were spotted by the rescuers, who found several life jackets and numerous objects at the scene of the sinking.

Help was able to approach "three of them: two were empty, completely empty", she explained, adding that the three survivors were found in the third boat.

Research “whatever the weather”

According to the Spanish Ministry of Transport, the causes of the accident are currently "not known".

The weather conditions were nevertheless bad, with "wind" and "reduced visibility".

“The weather at the moment complicates our research.

The waves are about four meters high and the visibility is reduced to about a quarter of a nautical mile,” Brian Owens confirmed, adding that the search would continue “whatever the weather”.

Canadian rescue deployed a helicopter, a military plane, a coast guard vessel and several boats to conduct the search off Saint John of Newfoundland, the easternmost Canadian province of the country.

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