Seaman’s family clings to hope-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
THREE days have passed since Capt. Dennis Sabang went missing following a ship collision off the coast of the Netherlands, but his family in Carmen, Cebu is far from losing their hope.
“We keep on praying that he is safe,” Madine, 24, the seaman’s second child, told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.
Madine, a researcher in a TV news station, said they keep in touch with the Philippine Embassy in the Netherlands, the Dutch Coast Guard and her father’s placement agency.
Still no news
As of yesterday morning, the family has yet to hear news.
Someone from the Philippine Embassy called them last Wednesday night, saying their father remained missing but the search and rescue operations continued.
Madine said her father’s placement agency, Anscor Swire, based in Manila, calls them
from time to time.
An officer of the agency informed the family about the sea accident last Monday afternoon, a day before Sabang’s 56th birthday.
Sabang was reportedly the last to jump off mv Maria, which was guarding an oil drilling platform, after it collided with a shipping trawler some 40 kilometers off the coast of Den Helder, the Netherlands.
Madine said they celebrated her father’s birthday last Tuesday by praying. Their relatives came over to show moral support.
Madine said her father, a nautical graduate of the University of the Visayas, has been a seaman for more than 30 years.
Aside from Madine, Sabang and his wife have a 28-year-old daughter working as a nurse in Australia and a 22-year-old son who is scheduled to graduate from his nursing course this month.
Madine said her father usually stayed for three months in Carmen before renewing another six-month contract.
He spent Christmas and New Year with his wife and two children, before returning abroad last March. He and his wife also went to Australia last February to visit their eldest daughter.
Madine said her father was scheduled to return next month.
When in Carmen, Madine said her father played basketball at the gym across their house in Barangay Puente.
Madine recalled that her father used to support barangay activities, especially when his son was a Sanggunian Kabataan chairman.
While they keep their hopes up, Madine said they leave her father’s fate to God.
“All these are part of God’s plan,” she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 11, 2013.