Mon. Nov 29th, 2021



The judge investigating the murder of Olivia and Anna at the hands of their father in Tenerife will authorize in the coming days the end of the tracking operations of the oceanographic vessel Ángeles Alvariño in search of the bodies of the alleged murderer Tomás Gimeno and his daughter Anna, when both the instructor and the vessel’s operations manager came to the conclusion that it is “impossible” to continue tracking in the face of the rugged underwater terrain.

The titular magistrate of the Court of Violence against Women number two of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, competent body for the investigation of the case, has taken this decision today, after having received a report from the ship’s operations manager describing the exploration as “completely unapproachable” in the area where hypothetically new results could be located, as reported by the TSJC.

The conclusions of the technical expertise that have led to the decision of the instructor explain how the intense search has been during a long and agonizing month. Regarding the latest finding, two diving bottles, which give a very limited supply of air, which is why it is believed that Gimeno used them to reach the necessary depth without turning back when committing suicide, search lines were established five meters apart in order to have the certainty that there was no object left in the area, no matter how small. The lead belt was also searched for, which would confirm that it was adrift, but could not be found.

Given the currents at the bottom, it cannot be assured that a body weighted down with a diving belt would not roll away and could reach an undetermined place and, therefore, outside the search capacity that we have, indicate the technicians.

Drift line search

It was the last clue, hence the search was continued on the drift line. “35 lines have been made perpendicular to it with a separation of 20 meters. This would correspond to a drift of 35 minutes, being able to ensure 100% that the body is not in this area.” 700 meters of drift has already been covered.

From this point on, the background changes considerably, going from being an ideal area for searching to the opposite. It becomes a very steep area with a large number of ravines and crevices, says the expert opinion.

They drew longitudinal lines with the same path as the drift to advance, but even so on two occasions there were serious snags of the umbilical with the rocks at the bottom. On one occasion it took almost an hour to break free. “It is a critical area to be able to operate the underwater vehicle due to the very high risk of its loss.”

And not just the danger to the Liropus. The orography -they say- makes the search much less efficient because due to the number of cracks and ravines and their depth, sometimes hundreds of meters, “they do not allow us to ensure at all that in the areas already seen there is no Tomás’s body or some other object from the boat. Basically it becomes very complicated when going from working in two dimensions and on a defined surface, to working in three and in very difficult conditions “.

Once the first minutes have passed after the engine stopped, which is considered a point where it could have jumped into the sea, in the rest of the drift there are the same probabilities in any of its points, this being also very low. Most likely, it jumped into the area where the bottles appeared and was later dragged by the current, they add.

The length of the drift is estimated at 14 km and the rov’s exploration advance would be a perpendicular line per hour in the best areas, which is equivalent to 20 meters of advance per hour.

“Exploring the 14 km of drift with this method is completely unapproachable. Although the rov is the ideal tool to search in more localized areas, it is not when it comes to very large and poorly defined areas ”.

As a result of the previous report, and after a personal interview with the person in charge of the ship’s operations and with the police officers responsible for the investigation, a unanimous conclusion has been reached, which is the impossibility of continuing with the search work.

For this reason, the examining magistrate will issue a resolution in the coming days authorizing the Ángeles Alvariño ship to cease current operations.

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