The following statement is issued by RCMP NL in response to inquiries concerning the role of the RCMP in investigating the sinking of the Spanish vessel, the FV Villa de Pitanxo.
With respect to the tragic sinking of the Spanish vessel, the FV Villa de Pitanxo, the RCMP NL does not have investigative jurisdiction in the area the event occurred. The sinking occurred in international waters, meaning the investigation would be the responsibility of the country of registration for the vessel.
The RCMP is, though, providing support to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) via our Major Crimes Unit and Forensic Identification Services to receive victims of the tragedy at the port of St John's, assist in identification of victims and the eventual repatriation of the remains to their country of origin, and assist in any other manner as requested by the OCME.
The OCME is in contact with the appropriate foreign agencies to arrange proper notifications and repatriation of remains.
The RCMP extends its deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were lost in this tragic event.
Any further questions should be directed to Vice Consulate of Spain in St. John's, NL, Canada (embassypages.com)