7 fishermen from Bantayan missing after fishing, cargo vessels collide in Palawan
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Coast Guard officers continue to search for the seven missing fishermen from Bantayan Island after their fishing vessel collided with a cargo ship off the seas of Palawan on Saturday, May 28.
As of 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported that seven of the 20 crew members of fishing vessel FB JOT-18 remain unaccounted for hours after it collided with MV Happy Hiro, a cargo vessel sailing under the flag of Marshall Island.
The incident occurred within the seawaters of Maracanao Island, Agutaya, Palawan.
A transiting fishing boat was able to rescue 13 of the 20 fishermen, most of whom happened to be residents of Bantayan Island in northern Cebu, the PCG added.
“The 13 rescued fishermen were transferred to MV Happy Hiro which ferried them to the vicinity waters off Lipata, Culasi, Antique to seek further assistance,” they said.
All rescued fishermen only sustained minor injuries. They were identified as Donde Petiero, 38, from Estancia, Iloilo, and those from Bantayan Island were Roderico Mata, 31; Randy Mata, 36; Renie Espinosa, 38; Mario Quezon, 24; Sammuel Ducay, 40; Rendil Dela Peña, 42; Martin E. Flores Jr., 58; Jupiter Jbañiez, 38; Andring Pasicaran, 43; Jonel Mata, 30; Joemar Pahid, 32; and Arjay Barsaga, 26.
In the meantime, PCG has already deployed BRP Suluan in its search and rescue operations for the missing fishermen.
The cause of the collision remains to be determined as of this writing.
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