The Canadian Police will not investigate the sinking of the Villa de Pitanxo

San Juan de Terranova (Canada), Feb 18 The Canadian Mounted Police said Thursday that they will not investigate the sinking of the Spanish fishing vessel Villa de Pitanxo, which occurred last Tuesday in the waters of the Grand Bank of Newfoundland, because they are international waters. The police force told Efe that the powers to investigate the causes of the shipwreck correspond to the authorities of the country in which the trawler was registered, in this case Spain. But the Canadian Police also indicated that they will provide assistance to the coroner “to receive the victims of the tragedy in the port of San Juan de Newfoundland, help in the identification of the victims and the eventual repatriation of the remains to their countries of origin.” The Villa de Pitanxo, based in the Pontevedra city of Marín (Spain), had a crew of 24 people, three of whom have survived. Spanish, Portuguese and Canadian ships that came to the rescue were able to recover the bodies of nine of the crew members, while another 12 remain missing. Of the 24 crew members, 16 were of Spanish nationality, five Peruvian and three Ghanaian. Late on Wednesday, the Canadian authorities announced the suspension of the search tasks after 36 hours of operations due to the impossibility of locating the 12 missing alive. The Canadian authorities have indicated that in the next few hours they expect the arrival in San Juan de Terranova of the two ships that transport the survivors and the recovered bodies.

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