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Robots search trawler wreck for bodies

Published on 07/06/2004

7 June 2004

CORME – A team of robots was Monday exploring under the sea in the hope of finding the bodies of five missing fishermen who died when their boat sank.

The remote-control deep-sea machines captured images of the wreck of the fishing boat ‘O Bahia’ which sank killing ten fishermen last week.

The wreck was discovered at the depth of 68 metres.

Relatives of the missing fishermen were desperately hoping that the bodies of their loved-ones would be discovered so they can be buried.

Gonzalo Ceballos, head of the search team, said the search was proving difficult because of the depth of the wreck and the number of obstacles in the way of the robots.

Rescue services found the bodies of five crew members last Thursday from the boat that had sunk the day before.

The Galician boat Bahia, with a crew of 10, went down in rough seas near the Sisargas Islands on 2 June.

Rescuers spent the night searching the area and have found bits of the boat, including life-jackets, EFE news agency reported.

An investigation has begun into what could have caused the tragedy.

The stretch of the Galician coast where the boat went down is known as the Coast of Death because of the number of shipwrecks.

The Prestige oil disaster, when millions of gallons of oil leaked from a wrecked tanker, happened further along the same stretch of dangerous coastline in November 2002.

The Bahia sent an emergency message before losing contact a few miles from the islands at about 8.15pm.

At the time there were strong winds and heavy seas.

The Bahia was returning from the Basque region, where it had been fishing for anchovy, to the port of Cesantes, in Redondela. The crew were all from the area.

The five dead were named as Jaime Migueles Díaz, Hermindo Castro Veiga, Antonio Sánchez Cobían, Manuel Refojo Sousa and Enrique Díaz Vázquez.

The Galician regional government has sent a team of psychologists to offer support to the families of those who died or are missing.

In the past ten years, 227 Galician fishermen have died at sea.

United Nations figures suggest fishing may be the world’s most dangerous occupation. Figures in 2001 suggested that an average of 70 lives were being lost every day.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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