4 Cebuanos among crew missing from foreign boat

Photo of the Gearbulk-Owned bulk carrier Bulk Jupiter taken from the vesseltracker.com.

VIETNAMESE rescuers are still searching for 16 Filipino crew members of the all-Filipino crew Bahaman ship Bulk Jupiter that sank off the East Vietnam Sea last Friday.

Personnel of the Vietnam Maritime Rescue Cooperation Center (MRCC) rescued one and recovered two bodies of the crew members, the report said, according to News Site Tuoitrenews.com.

Four of the crew members of the 19-crew ship Bulk Jupiter are from Cebu, according to a report of radio dyAB.

They are Jerome Dinoy, 23, third officer, a resident of Lapu-Lapu City; Renato Toribio II, 36, AB 1, a native of Bantayan, Cebu; George Espliguera Jr., 27, OS 2, of Cebu City; and Renner Karl Abogadie, 29, chief mate, a native Baybay, Leyte but currently residing in Rajah Townhomes of Mandaue City.

The cargo ship reportedly left Kuantan, Malaysia last Dec. 30, carrying 46,400 tons of bauxite to China when it sank in Vietnam.
The ship was still able to send a distress signal at 11:30 a.m. last Jan.2.

Noel Cala, brother-in-law of Abogadie, told radio dyAB that minutes after the ship sent a distress call, he called Abogadie’s wife right away.

“Nangita mi og asa mi makakita og mga balita ba kabahin sa insidente (We’ve been trying to get more information on the incident),” Cala said.

Cala said that his sister (Abogadie’s wife), who works in the US, received a call from Magsaysay Maritime Corp., the agency where Abogadie is connected, confirming the incident.

According to a GMA News report, Charles Jose, assistant secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, said the Philippine Embassy in Hanoi are coordinating with Vietnam authorities to gather more information on the incident. SCG of Superbalita
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