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Filipino Crew Manning The Vessel That Recently Sank Were Asleep During The Collision

FILIPINO CREW – The Filipino crew manning the vessel that sank after the recent collision incident on the Reed Bank were reportedly ‘asleep’.

Filipino Crew
Photo taken from Manila Times

A recent incident ended up with the Filipino vessel sinking in the waters near the Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Reports revealed that a Chinese ship was seen colliding with the recently sunken vessel.

Updates on the recent report, now disclosed further information about the incident. It was said that the crew in the Filipino vessel were ‘asleep’ when the Chinese ship hit.

This is according to the claims of one of the relatives of the Filipino boat’s captain last Thursday.

In a conversation with Unang Balita by GMA News, Jimwel Tañedo claimed that none of the 22 crew members have any memory whether they were warned by the Chinese ship before the collision happened because they were asleep. This happened last Sunday (June 9, 2019).

Tañedo disclosed information from his cousin who was the captain of the Filipino ship:

“Ayon po sa kuwento ng pinsan ko na kapitan ng bangka, naka-anchor po sila doon sa area na pinagbanggaan, nagulat na lang po sila dahil hatinggabi po, may ano, wasak na ‘yun pala nabangga na sila ng barko ng China.”

[According to my cousin who was the captain of the ship, they were anchored to the area where the collision happened. They were shocked because it was already midnight. There was – a wreckage – then they found out they were hit by a ship from China.]

Currently, according to Tañedo, salvage operations are underway to recover the sunken boat.

This is according to an article from GMA News.

Colonel Noel Detoyato – AFP public affairs chief – also confirmed that the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will investigate the collision and the Philippine Navy will help in the operations to retrieve the ship.

He said:

“DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) for the diplomatic actions and PCG for the investigation, while our Navy will just support up to the recovery efforts of the ill-fated fishing vessel”

That is all there is to it, at least for now. We’ll post updates as soon as we got them.

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