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Search continues for fishing boat sunk off Morocco and four missing crew

Rúa de Mar in dry dock.
Rúa de Mar in dry dock. / EFE
  • Contact was lost with the Rúa de Mar on Thursday last week, 28 miles off Cabo Espartel, opposite Tarifa

A search is continuing for four crew members of a fishing trawler which is presumed to have sunk off Morocco near the Strait of Gibraltar.

Contact was lost with the Rúa de Mar on Thursday last week, 28 miles off Cabo Espartel, opposite Tarifa. Two bodies of the six crew have since been found. The boat was reportedly based in Barbate but all crew are from Algeciras.

A joint Spanish and Moroccan air and sea rescue operation failed to find any sign of the vessel, which gave off a mayday signal before apparently sinking.

An underwater search has now begun which is complicated by ocean depths of 500 metres.