Search continues for 4 fisherman 1,000 miles east of Bermuda

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard’s Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) Norfolk here is continuing to coordinate the search today for four missing fisherman whose vessel sank approximately 1,000 miles east of Bermuda Thursday.

Seven of the 11 crew members from the Spanish-flagged Jose Almuiña were rescued Thursday by two commercial vessels. The motor vessel Navig8 Stealth II recovered six crew members from a raft Thursday morning. The motor vessel SKS Mosel located and recovered one crew member clinging to debris in the water later in the day.

The names of the Spanish captain (patron), ship’s officer (contramaestre) and engineer (and 1° maquinas) are: Jose Alberro Alvarez Coballes; Jose Fernandez Gonzalez; and Juan Pablo Muñiz Rey. The remaining crew that were rescued, as well as remain missing, are Indonesian. Their names are unavailable at this time.

Coast Guard personnel at RCC Norfolk have coordinated additional aerial search support with a C-130 Hercules from from the 106th New York Air National Guard in Long Island, New York, and a P-3 aircraft from the Greenwood, Nova Scotia-based 405th squadron 14th wing of the Canadian Forces. The commercial motor vessel Red Lily, a Panamanian-flagged 730-foot bulk carrier, is also on scene assisting in today’s search. RCC Norfolk is continuing to work closely with its RCC counterparts in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Madrid, Spain.

The Jose Almuiña crew members that were rescued will remain on board the Navig8 Stealth II and SKS Mosel until their next port of call.

Weather on scene today remains strong winds and heavy seas of up to 15 feet (approximately 5 meters).

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