Spanish f/v Rias Baxias Un sank in the Atlantic, crew rescued
Spanish fishing vessel Rias Baxias Un sank in the morning Oct 18 13 in position 05 46N 022 01W, some 550 nautical miles WSW of Freetown, Sierra Leone. EPIRB was activated at 1055 LT, crew reported abandoning vessel in life rafts due to imminent sinking. Another Spanish fishing vessel Explorer Tres, closest to disaster site, rescued all crew safe and sound – 4 Spanish, 1 Portuguese and 5 Cabo Verdean nationalities. Search and Rescue lasted for several hours, several vessels in the area were engaged. Fishermen were picked up at around 1800 LT. Reason of the sinking unknown.
Fishing vessel Rias Baxias Un, IMO 9233088, 178 gt, built 2000, flag Spain.