FILIPINO seafarers on board a Korean-flagged fishing vessel that sank off New Zealand are already safe, a radio report said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Filipino seafarers were all rescued and will arrive Sunday morning in Lyttelton, South Island.

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The DFA said six of the 45 crewmen of Oyang 70 that sank early Wednesday in New Zealand were Filipinos.

The six Filipinos were identified as Jessie Perez, Allan Ilano, Edwin Gonzales, Arnel Amodo, Rolan Rola and a certain Gampayon.

Some 45 other crew members — a mix of Korean, Indonesian and Filipino nationals — were rescued and taken aboard a New Zealand vessel that was fishing in the area at the time about 440 miles (700 kilometers) east of South Island.

Three crewmen died while three others went missing when the ship sank. The DFA, however, said no Filipinos were recorded missing.

Oyang 70, a 38-year-old vessel registered on the Korean Shipping Registry, is owned by Sajo Oyang Corp., a company incorporated in Korea.

It operated in New Zealand waters since the 1980s under charter to New Zealand-based company Southern Storm (2007) Ltd. (Sunnex)