PH embassy: One of 2 bodies found was seaman from Cebu-A A +A
Saturday, October 12, 2013
ONE of the two bodies retrieved last Thursday from a sunken ship off the coast of the Netherlands was that of Capt. Dennis Sabang, confirmed the Philippine Embassy in the Netherlands.
Madine, one of Sabang's daughters, said the embassy and her father's placement agency, Anscor Swire, relayed the news last Thursday night.
In a text message to Sun.Star Cebu, Madine said her father was recognized because of the identification cards attached to his body.
Sabang was on board M/V Maria, which was guarding an oil drilling platform, when it collided with a shipping trawler some 40 kilometers off the coast of Den Helder, the Netherlands.
He left the country last March and was scheduled to return next month.
Sabang, who worked as a seaman for more than 30 years, left behind a wife and three children. His eldest daughter works as a nurse in Australia.
His youngest son, a nursing student, is scheduled to graduate this month.
In an earlier interview, Madine, a researcher in a TV news station, said her father usually stayed in Carmen, Cebu, where they live, for three months before renewing another six-month contract.
Madine said the family learned about the accident last Monday afternoon, a day before her father's 56th birthday.
Sabang spent Christmas and New Year with his wife and two children, before he returned abroad last March.
He also went to Australia with his wife last February to visit their daughter.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 12, 2013.