7 Chinese fishermen rescued

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


SEVEN Chinese fishermen in distress were rescued by Filipino fishermen in the waters off Tawi-Tawi, a top Philippine Coastguard (PCG) official announced Wednesday.

Southwestern Mindanao Coastguard District spokesman Lieutenant Senior Grade Jomark Angue said the Chinese fishermen were rescued shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday near the Municipality of Mapun, Tawi-Tawi.

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Angue said the rescue of the Chinese fishermen came after the Mapun Coastguard Station flashed an alarm upon receiving report that a fishing vessel is on fire.

He said the vessel of the Chinese fishermen has already sunk when they were rescued by the Filipino fishermen, who are from Palawan.

Angue said they were taken to Palawan and “are expected to arrive by midnight.”

However, he said the identities of the rescued Chinese fishermen have yet to be determined due to language barrier.

He said they will be turned over to the coastguard in Palawan, which will handle the investigation to determine how the incident occurred.

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