The Falklands remembers the crew of the Villa de Patanxo

Paying final respects

Fitting tribute to brave seafarers

A memorial service took place on Tuesday 22nd February to remember the crew of the ill-fated FV Villa de Pitanxo that tragically sank whilst fishing in the North Atlantic on the 15th February resulting in the loss of 21 seafarers.


The loss is keenly felt in the Falkland Islands as the vessel is owned by the Nores family in Galicia, a region that has strong and enduring ties with the Falkland Islands and the local fishing companies.


FIFCA Executive Secretary James Bates said of the service that it was important to mark this sombre occasion with a befitting demonstration of support and solidarity with our friends, colleagues and their families at this very sad time and that it brought home the real dangers of the industry in which we operate and rely so much upon.


The service was led by the Port Chaplain, Maurice Lake, with FIFCA Chair, Cheryl Roberts offering condolences on behalf of the Falkland Islands Fishing Companies Association. James added that it was, “standing room only” at the Mission and it was really good to see such a large congregation attend the service, with representatives from FIG, Industry, the Falkland Islands flagged fleet and Government House in attendance. Light refreshments followed, giving plenty of opportunity to discuss and reflect.


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