At this time of year survival in that cold water is measured in minutes.
Nfld. & Labrador
Search ends for 12 missing crew members of Spanish fishing vessel off Newfoundland coast
9 bodies recovered, says JRCC Lt.-Cmdr. Brian Owens
CBC News · Posted: Feb 16, 2022 10:46 AM NT | Last Updated: 40 minutes ago
The search for the missing crew members of the Spanish fishing vessel Villa de Pitanxo, which sank 460 kilometres off the eastern coast of Newfoundland early Tuesday morning, has been called off.
According to Lt.-Cmdr. Brian Owens of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, 12 people of the 24-person crew remain missing as of 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Three people survived, while nine bodies were recovered from the ocean.
At 21, this is the largest loss of life to sea off Newfoundland in more than two decades.
“The decision is never taken lightly. It is extremely difficult to come to this conclusion, but unfortunately all the evidence now points that the survivability is not there,” he told CBC News Wednesday afternoon.
"We’re now at over 36 hours of searching sea states over 10-metre waves, 45 knot winds, bone chilling water in the North Atlantic in February, which is an inhospitable environment."