Survivors and bodies of crew from Spanish fishing boat sinking arrive in St. John’s on 2nd ship

The Playa Menduina Dos arrives in St. John’s Harbor on Saturday. The ship is carrying the bodies of seven crew members who died when a Spanish fishing boat sank off Newfoundland. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

A ship carrying three survivors and the bodies of seven crew from a Spanish fishing boat that sank off Newfoundland arrived in St. John’s on Saturday.

The Playa Menduina Dos sailed into St. John’s Harbor on Saturday morning, where the bodies of the deceased were loaded from the ship by a crane and into waiting hearses. Canadian customs officers were seen aboard the vessel.

Early Tuesday morning, the fishing boat Villa de Pitanxo sank in rough seas off Newfoundland. Among the surviving crew members are the ship’s captain, 53, and his 42-year-old nephew, according to Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia.

The three survivors were found on a life raft in the water. The bodies of nine crew members were found after the sinking of the ship.

Of the 24 crew members, 12 were still missing when the search was called off on Thursday.

Stephen Waller, acting regional supervisor for maritime search and rescue at JRCC Halifax, said Tuesday’s search was hampered by bad weather and high waves.

Hearses leave St. John’s Harbor on Saturday, carrying the bodies of crew members who died in the sinking of the Villa de Pitanxo off Newfoundland. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

Waller said the surviving crew members suffered from hypothermia, but did not need medical attention.

Another vessel, the Maersk Nexus, arrived in St. John’s on Friday carrying two deceased crew members.

The cause of Tuesday’s accident has not been determined. The RCMP said the investigation was outside of its jurisdiction.

Customs officers were among those who disembarked from the Playa Menduina Dos on Saturday in St. John’s. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada told CBC News that Spain was responsible for investigating the tragedy.

Of the 24 crew members, 16 were from Spain, five from Peru and three from Ghana.

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