Kin, town await word on seaman-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
AS they await updates on the search and rescue operation, the family and friends of missing seaman Dennis Sabang can only hope for the best.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has contacted Sabang’s family in Barangay Fuente in the northern Cebu town of Carmen, but his wife and children do not have updates from government authorities here and in the Netherlands.
A report by Agence France Presse and Rappler revealed that Sabang, 56, was confirmed to be among those missing in a sea collision off the coast of Netherlands and Denmark.
Sabang was reportedly the last to jump off M/V Maria after it collided with a shipping trawler 40 kilometers off the coast of Den Helder, the Netherlands.
M/V Maria was guarding an oil drilling platform.
Sun.Star Cebu tried to interview the seaman’s family but Madine Sabang, his daughter, declined any interview as they still have not received updates from the placement agency.
She said all they know for now is that search and rescue operations are ongoing.
Madine said her father’s employment agency is reportedly waiting for information from the Dutch Coast Guard, the Philippine Embassy and his employer in the Netherlands.
“Maayo unta na makitan ra gyud siya, na wala ray nahitabo niya kay luoy pud ang iyang asawa (We hope he will be rescued and that nothing bad happened to him because he has a family here),” his cousin, Narciso Tinakin, told GMA 7 Balitang Bisdak yesterday.
His neighbors said they were shocked to hear about the accident.
Milagros Sarino said Dennis is a good and kind-hearted neighbor and would always sponsor a basketball league whenever he came home.
Like Tinakin, she said, she will pray for Dennis’ safety.
Carmen Councilor Jover Pisao said the Sabangs are known in the town because Dennis’ relatives are officials in Barangay Puente.
He said the Municipal Government will help the Sabang family get updates about the seaman.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 10, 2013.