Rescue operations continue on ill-fated fishing vessel

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Saturday, March 15, 2014


PHILIPPINE Coast Guard (PCG) divers recovered another body on Friday as search operations continue for nine missing fishermen after an unidentified cargo ship collided with a fishing boat off Cavite Thursday.

Commander Armando Balilo, Coast Guard Public Affairs chief, said rescue divers from the Coast Guard Special Operations Group (CGSOG) were able to retrieve the body of Vincent Dela Cruz around 10 a.m. of Friday inside the wreckage of the ill-fated vessel F/B Dan Israel-G.

On March 13, the vessel carrying a total of 21 crew members sank around 11:15 p.m. off the waters of Ternate, Cavite after being hit by an unidentified ship.

"We are still in the process of identifying the other vessel involved in the collision. But based on the accounts of those rescued, it was a cargo ship with container vans that appeared to be headed to Manila City. We are still coordinating with the Vessel Traffic Monitoring System (VTMS)," Balilo said.

The VTMS data of the Port of Manila has recorded two cargo vessels passed the area of the incident between 11 p.m.to 11:30 p.m. of Tuesday.

Search and rescue vessels BRP San Juan and BRP Nueva Vizcaya are still both in the area to continue with the search and rescue operation for the remaining eight missing fishermen.

CGSOG divers will once again conduct diving operations to check possible fishermen that might have been trapped inside the wreckage of the fishing boat. (Sunnex)

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