Three seamen are missing after fishing trawler Senefand I sank in Atlantic Ocean south off Dakar. The vessel started getting water ingress during operations, but capsized is several minutes while the catch was hoisted aboard. After losing communication with the trawler, the Senegalese Maritime Rescue launched search and rescue operation, engaging nearby vessels and rescue helicopter. Near the last reported site was found a life raft with eight seamen from the fishing trawler Senefand I, which were airlifted and evacuated to Dhaka for medical treatment and examination, but without life-threatening injuries. Three seamen are missing, including the master of the vessel Jose Vicente Pazos Martinez, nationality of Pontevedra Galicia and two other Senegalese crew.
The rescued eight seamen were in relatively good health and explained that the fishing ship Senefand I sank within a few minutes while the catch was hoisted aboard. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way, but according to the local authorities the vessel passed a technical review in Vigo in October 2016 and had all necessary certificates as well as reinforced security equipment.
The fishing trawler Senefand I (IMO: 9034262) was built in 1993 by Estaleiros Sao Jacinto in the shipyard in Aveiro, Portugal. The vessel has overall length of 24.00 m, moulded beam of 7.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 40 DWT and the gross tonnage is 172 GRT. The fishing trawler Senefand I is owned by Senefand Senegal, which is part from the Spanish fishing company Profand Group.