INEA deploys search for the vessel "Old Fox" in Nueva Esparta

INEA deploys search for the vessel “Old Fox” in Nueva Esparta

Last April they reported in Nueva Esparta the disappearance of the artisanal fishing boat “Old Fox”, with four crew members. The missing sea workers are: Álex Salazar, captain of the peñero, Aníbal Salazar, Richard Rodríguez and José Gregorio Salazar


The National Institute of Aquatic Spaces (INEA) reported this Tuesday, May 3, the takeoff of an aircraft in Nueva Esparta, to expand efforts to find the vessel in delay «Old Fox». The YVO163 aircraft will fly at an altitude of 800 feet for three hours in the established search areas.

Through its Twitter account, the INEA explained that they coordinated with the Search and Rescue Service (SAR) the aerial investigation of the peñero reported in delay with four crew members on board.

The “Old Fox” case

Last April, they reported in Nueva Esparta the disappearance of the artisanal fishing boat “Old Fox”, license plate ARS-07419 DABR, with four crew members. Relatives of the fishermen confirmed that they left on Tuesday, April 19, from the coast of Mata Redonda, Tubores municipality, heading for Isla Blanca, also in the same entity.

After 72 hours of sailing, they tried to communicate with the crew of the ship, via radio transmitter, but they could not hear it and since then they have not heard from the occupants.

The missing sea workers are: Álex Salazar, captain of the peñero, Aníbal Salazar, Richard Rodríguez and José Gregorio Salazar.

ONSA response

The relatives went to the National Organization for Rescue and Maritime Safety of the Aquatic Spaces of Venezuela (ONSA) on April 30 and the search plan began.

“We requested that an aircraft be dispatched, but it was not until today” that INEA and ONSA managed to get an overflight done, review Counterpoint.

five days late

There was a four to five day delay in starting the aerial search operations, said Vice Commodore Luis Guillermo Inciarte, secretary of ONSA, to Radio Union.

“We are waiting for the boat to be found, and if it did not capsize, wait for it to arrive on the coast of Falcón or Puerto Cabello. They could be alive if they did not capsize, but if the boat capsized the situation changes completely, there is a 25-knot wind, two-meter-high waves,” said the ONSA secretary.


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