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Government assures assistance to families of ill-fated ship crewed by Filipinos

4 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

DFA: 2 Pinoy sailors in sunken ship dead, 1 rescued, 16 others missing.

Manila: The government has assured help to families of the 19 Filipino crewmembers of a ship that sank in Vietnamese waters on January 2 as authorities have so far recovered one survivor and two fatalities in the mishap. HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Norwegian cargo ship with 19 Filipino crew members sank off the coast of southern Vietnam with only one man known to have survived, officials said Sunday. In a statement, DFA spokesman Charles Jose said, “Our Embassy in Hanoi received yesterday (Saturday) a note verbale from Viet Nam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that officially confirmed the sinking of cargo vessel Bulk Jupiter on 02 January 2015. The Bulk Jupiter was carrying its 46,400 metric tonnes of Bauxite and was on its way to China from the Port of Kuantan in Malaysia when the vessel encountered problems. “Repeated attempts to contact the vessel on all communication channels were unsuccessful,” Gearbulk, the operator of the vessel said on its website. “Lifeboats and life rafts have been inspected but found empty,” the company said, adding that the tug boat, M/V OLNG Muttrah, was able to recover one surviving crew member as well as two bodies.

The lone survivor was the chief cook on the ship, but he is refusing to cooperate with rescuers, making the search more difficult, a Vietnamese rescue official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media. The ship owner, Bergen-based Gearbulk, said the vessel was 155 nautical miles (287 kilometers) off Vietnam with a cargo of bauxite when it sent a distress signal that was picked up by the Japanese coast guard.

Aside from those of the Japan Coast Guard, the vessels that were participating in the rescue effort were from Liberia, Oman, Singapore and China according to Jose. “The embassy is coordinating with the Vietnam Maritime Research and Rescue Coordinating Center and the Philippine Honorary Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, which is approximately 96 kilometers from Vung Tau City, in gathering updates and making arrangements for the repatriation of the rescued seafarer and the retrieved remains,” he said. According to the vice president and head of shipping of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, the management company of the Filipino seafarers, reports on the sinking have already been filed with the POEA and the DOLE. — with a report from Michaela del Callar/LBG, GMA News

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