Superstition leads fishing boat to collide with tanker off South Harbor


MANILA, Philippines—A superstition among local fishermen resulted in a collision between a motorized banca and a motorized tanker off the South Harbor in Manila early Tuesday morning, with the Philippine Navy rescuing 21 fishermen.

A statement from the Philippine Fleet said that the Navy multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) was patrolling Manila Bay when it spotted M/B Lala Boom B in distress with its outrigger broken.

The motor banca was manned by 20 crewmen when it rammed motorized tanker Pullilan with 14 crewmen on board.

M/B Lala Boom B was headed toward fishing grounds while the tanker was heading toward the Pasig Entrance to unload its cargo when the smaller vessel attempted to cross the path of the tanker, the statement said.

According to Lt. Rommel Rodriguez, deputy public information officer of the Philippine Fleet, local fishermen believe that successfully crossing the bow of bigger vessels will bring them “good luck and good catch.”

No one was hurt in the collision, Rodriguez said.

Philippine Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Orwen Cortez commended the quick response of the Navy’s MPAC BA 485 in rescuing the fishermen.

However, Cortez also noted that “local fishermen are the most frequent violators of sea navigational rules, which make them prone to mishaps.”

Cortez appealed to fishermen to refrain from following superstitions that put their lives in danger.

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  • jinx

    Dapat ang headline, aksidente dulot ng katangahan.

  • Thunderstorm52

    These fishermen are not only a danger to themselves but also those who must go out and save their sorry butts. Imagine these idiots risking death to bring themselves good luck! Didn’t work did it? Too bad one can not fix stupid!!

  • Ike

    Sad to say, Phillipines had high literracy rate but a big percentage if not the majority still had this backward mentality. If superstition brings good luck, how come they are still wallowing in poverty just like their forefather who practiced it and died miserably? The Catholic Church who had great influence among the poor should help educate them that practices like superstition is counter productive, absurd & sheer stupidity not to say the Holy Bible clearly stated that it is one practice that God abhores. Superstitious belief is ingrained in our culture and its one of the things that keep our country in a backwarkd 3rd world catergory that we are in today.

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