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7 missing, 13 rescued as fishing, cargo vessels collide off Palawan

/ 09:56 AM May 29, 2022

The 13 rescued crew members of Filipino fishing vessel FB JOT-18, which collided with cargo vessel MV Happy Hiro on May 28. Courtesy of PCG.

The 13 rescued crew members of fishing vessel FB JOT-18, which collided with cargo vessel MV Happy Hiro on May 28. (Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard)

MANILA, Philippines — Seven fishermen are missing after their boat collided with a cargo vessel off Palawan on Saturday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported Sunday morning.

Cargo vessel MV Happy Hiro — sailing under the flag of Marshall Islands — and Filipino fishing vessel FB JOT-18 collided in waters off Maracanao Island, Agutaya, Palawan.

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“A transiting fishing boat provided immediate rescue assistance to 13 out of 20 crew members of FB JOT-18. The seven crew members remain missing as of press time,” the PCG said in a statement.

“The 13 rescued fishermen were transferred to MV Happy Hiro which ferried them to the vicinity  of Lipata, Culasi, Antique to seek further assistance,” the PCG added.

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PCG’s BRP Panglao transported the 13 survivors to port after getting clearance from the Bureau of Quarantine.

Twelve of the 13 fishermen suffered scratches while the other one had a minor wound on his head, MV Happy Hiro’s medical officer said.

The rescued fishermen, mostly from Bantayan Island, Cebu were identified as:

-Donde Petiero, 38

-Roderico Mata, 31

-Randy Mata, 36

-Renie Espinosa, 38

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-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

-Arjay Barsaga, 26

Search and rescue operations are ongoing for the missing fishermen.

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