“A donation is not a payroll advance” criticize the families of those who died in the Villa de Pitanxo in the face of money received by the shipowner from a French NGO focused on giving material and moral support to the victims of shipwrecks in Newfoundland and that, they denounce, the Nores Group entered them under the concept of “payroll advance” for a value of 500 euros. At this point they do not know “neither when nor how much” this NGO sent the aid for the relatives of the victims, but they denounce that the management of the shipowner has not been transparent. “The donation was made for the families, and we couldn’t even thank them because we found out late and by chance that it had arrived,” lamented María José Do Pazo, spokesperson for the victims.

Regarding the receipt of the money, which the Nores Group has not clarified, they explain that a few days after the sinking of the Pitanxo, in which 21 sailors of different nationalities died, the families decided how the donations that some tried to send them would be managed. “We had a meeting and decided that the donations would be managed by Stella Maris and that they would be given preference, and this was voted unanimously by all the families, orphans and minors with mothers who do not work because we believe they are the most vulnerable and those most in need. All this has not been taken into account and to this day we still do not know what the amount was or when it was received and we cannot thank that NGO because we do not even know who they are, and that is unfortunate« Do Pazo influenced in a statement to the media.

This new controversy that once again confronts the shipowner with the families of those who died in the sinking in Canadian waters occurs at the same time that the pressure on the Spanish Government to descend to the Pitanxo and analyze the material causes of the accident increases. Pending a ‘window’ of good weather that will not last beyond the month of September, the victims do not throw in the towel in their claim that a robot travel to Newfoundland to let the ship speak and clarify which of the two versions at stake it’s the real one. While the ship’s skipper insists on a sudden stop of the engine, and the sailor Samuel Kwesi denies him, pointing out that what failed were the winches for collecting the nets, which the captain refused to release, the families of the Pitanxo maintain their pulse with the state.

The last institution to join their fight was the Pontevedra Provincial Council, which just a few days ago unanimously approved a motion presented by the Popular Party to demand from the central government an underwater operation to locate and inspect the Pitanxo ship, which sank at 450 kilometers off the coast of Newfoundland on February 15. The PP deputy Pepa Pardo was in charge of defending this initiative in which she pointed out that “there is only one option, which is to be with family members.” “And not only with words, but also with deeds.” By virtue of what was agreed, the Provincial Administration will urge the Central Government to carry out an operation that allows the wreck of the ship to be located, descend to it and prepare a photographic and audiovisual work on its state, as well as to recognize the outer area of ​​the ship to verify the possible location of the bodies of the missing crew members.