The search device deployed in the Port of Castelló has found the lifeless body of one of the two men who disappeared this Friday when the cargo ship ‘Nazmiye Ana’ capsized, as reported by the Port Authority. Work continues to try to locate the other worker.
More than 150 people and two underwater robots have traveled to the Port of Castelló this Saturday to work on the search operation, mobilized after a ship capsized on the Centenario dock this Friday.
There, at around 8.30 pm on Friday, the cargo ship ‘Nazmiye Ana’, a Panamanian flag, 79 meters long and with nine crew members on board, overturned until it was in a keel position in the sun, for reasons investigated by the Civil Guard.
Three people were injured, of which two were transferred to the General Hospital of Castelló, where one of the workers remains admitted to the ICU with a reserved prognosis. Two people also disappeared: a 36-year-old stevedore of Spanish nationality and a 22-year-old young crew member of Indian nationality.
The search for these two workers stopped on Friday night and resumed at 8:00 this Saturday. Since then, as the president of the Castellón Port Authority, Rafa Simó, pointed out at noon, the search for the two men had been “the only priority” and had focused “all efforts.”
For this, all the resources that all the authorities are putting on the table have been mobilized. “There are resources coming from the rest of Spain to collaborate in this operation”, Simó indicated hours before the discovery of the corpse of the crew member.
The rescue operation is made up of about 150 people and two underwater robots have joined, one from the Jaume I University (UJI) and the other from Maritime Rescue of A Coruña.
Also participating are personnel from the Maritime Captaincy, the Port Authority, the Judicial Police, Maritime Rescue, the Castellón Provincial Fire Brigade Consortium, divers – including personnel from Cartagena -, the municipal emergency service, the Red Cross, Emergency health services and the NGO Stella Maris. In addition, the Emergency Immediate Response Team (ERIE) of Red Cross psychologists has been activated to attend to the families of the two disappeared.
On whether the missing workers were inside or outside the ship and if they are searched inside the boat, the president of the Port Authority has indicated at noon this Saturday that the professionals of the rescue operation have interviewed the witnesses of the accident to know those details and “different options and search areas are being considered”, so this will be “as intensive and wide as possible” and will cover both the ship itself and the surroundings of the port and the seabed.
It is, Simó has detailed, the ship ‘Nazmiye Ana’, which arrived in Castelló from Barcelona and was later to go to Algeria, with a crew of nine people of various nationalities, such as Egyptians, Indians and Turks.
It carried a load of about 20 containers and also conventional general merchandise, without any substance or dangerous merchandise, pointed out the president of the Port Authority, who details that although anti-pollution barriers have been erected preventively, there is no record of any leakage of fuel.
Asked about the state of the ship, Simó avoided offering details about it and referred to the investigations launched to determine the circumstances. He did specify that the ship had been working with the Port of Castelló for “several months”, although it is not a new ship.
The port manager has valued the “speed both in the activation and in the execution of the established protocols”, the Port Self-Protection Plan and the Maritime Interior Plan, the latter on a preventive basis in case there is a fuel leak, a problem that has not occurred. “It has acted very quickly, the facts corroborate it,” he assured.
He also highlighted that “from the first moment” the Port Authority has been in “direct and permanent contact with all the related authorities”, among them the Government Sub-delegation, the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig; the Minister for Territorial Policy, Arcadi Spain; the mayor of the city, Amparo Marco; the president of the Provincial Council, José Martí, and the sea captain. He thanked all of them for their collaboration