The French owned Bourbon Rhode sank in the far-east Atlantic 16 days ago after running into category four Hurricane Lorenzo.
French authorities have called off the search for missing Croatian mariner, Captain Dino Miškić, and six other sailors missing since September 28th, when their flat tug supply vessel sank some 1200 nautical miles off the coast of Martinique. Gaël Bodénès Chief Executive Officer of the Bourbon Company issued this statement on Monday:
"Our priority now is to the families of the crew of the Bourbon Rhode and to offer them all of the necessary help in these tragic circumstances. In the name of all of our employees, especially those working tirelessly on the search, I want to reiterate that they are in our thoughts and prayers."
The Association of Croatian Mariners say that while the news was to be expected, they will push for rescue efforts to continue. Those efforts are now limited to the analysis of satellite imagery and passing vessels. However, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said that Croatia has not given up hope.
"Rest assured that we are continuing to monitor developments. The European Maritime Safety Agency and satellites are still involved. But for right now all I can say is that we are still actively involved in the search."
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