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Seven People Have Been Declared Dead And 14 Missing After A Spanish Trawler Sank Off The Coast Of Canada

At least seven people have died and 14 are missing after a Spanish fishing boat sank off Canada's east coast.

Three crew members have been rescued, and efforts to find survivors are continuing.

The crew of 24 included 16 Spanish, plus Peruvian and Ghanaian nationals, according to Spanish media reports.

The vessel, which was based in the port of Marin in the Spanish region of Galicia, sank in waters off Canada's Newfoundland.

"We have now recovered seven deceased individuals and three survivors," Brian Owens of Canada's Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) told the AFP news agency.

Two distress alerts were received from the Villa de Pitanxo vessel more than 450km (279 miles) from land, according to Spanish sea search and rescue agency Salvamento Marítimo.

The three survivors were found in a lifeboat suffering from hypothermia, Maica Larriba, a central government representative in Pontevedra, Galicia, told Spanish public radio.

"Two were completely empty and in one of them were just three survivors in a state of hypothermic shock because the temperature of the water is terrible, very low," she said.

Rescuers are hopeful of finding more survivors, Mr Owens of the JRCC said.

"The fact that we have already found three survivors in a life raft gives us that hope that others were able to either get into their survival suits, get into life rafts and get off the vessel," he said.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said he was following the rescue operation "with concern".

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