MANILA, Philippines — Seven Filipino fishermen are still missing after their fishing boat collided with a cargo ship in nearby waters off Maracanao Island in Agutaya, Palawan on Saturday, the Philippine Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said the Philippine fishing vessel FB JOT-18 collided with the Marshall Islands-flagged MV Happy Hiro at around 2:40 p.m. Saturday.
“MRRV 4406 BRP Suluan along with rescue teams from Coastguard Station Cuyo and Agutay Substation in Ilioilo (are conducting) search and rescue operations,” the coastguard spokesman said. , Commodore Armand Balilo.
The fishing boat BAL 5, which was transiting the area, immediately rescued 13 of the 20 crew members of FB JOT-18, according to the coast guard.
The 13 rescued Filipino fishermen were then transferred to the MV Happy Hiro, which ferried them to nearby waters off Lipata in Culasi, Antique.
Coastguard BRP Panglao (FPB-2402) then brought the rescued fishermen back to shore.
All 12 of the 13 anglers got scratches while the 13th angler suffered a minor head injury, according to MV Happy Hiro doctor McKinley Amante.
The fisherman who suffered a minor injury received first aid and is in stable condition, the coastguard added.
The majority of the rescued fishermen are residents of Bantayan Island in Cebu.
“PCG’s BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406), PCG Cuyo Station and PCG Agutay Substation in Iloilo continue operations to rescue missing fishermen,” the Coast Guard said in a statement. — Patricia Lourdes Viray