1 dead, 10 missing, 12 rescued in sea collision

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LIMAY, Bataan: One died while 10 are still missing from 23 crewmen of a fishing boat that collided with a still unidentified cargo vessel on Wednesday night between two islands near Corregidor within the waters of Cavite and Bataan.

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Petty Officer 2 Felix Sardan, chief master at arms of the Philippine Coast Guard in Lamao, Limay, Bataan, said an unidentified cargo vessel hit fishing boat FB Dan Israel-L at 11:10 p.m. between Caballo and El Fraile Islands.

“Nagkadurog-durog ang fishing boat at lumubog,” Sardan said. The fishing boat was home ported in Navotas, Metro Manila.

He said that the Coast Guard and a sister boat of the ill-fated fishing boat rescued 12 crewmen near the vicinity of Caballo and El Fraile. They were attended to by a medical team from the Coast Guard detachment in Corregidor.

On the other hand, Cavite Provincial Police Director Joselito Esquivel Jr. said that the ship fled after the collision. Survivors of the sea mishap were brought to Patungan Detachment in Maragondon, Cavite and will be transferred to Naic Medical Hospital for treatment. The survivors include: Mestro Eldie Monzales; Emmanuel Doctora; Artemio Orzal; Jojo Villamor; Jun-jun Napalit; Jayson Abales; Reymond Masibag; Mack-Mack Dabanda; Lito Daban–da; Packs Ando; Landrito Ancero and Ambelo Candinato.

The missing crewmen were: Ruben Orzal; Benben Japson; Lito Lasacar; Orley Ando; Ronald Umpad; Romnik Rosalez; Roniel Ochena; Mark Tiangko; and Vincent De la Cruz. Of the 11 missing, the body of crewman Jojo Sumbilla was retrieved at 4:00 in the afternoon of Thursday.

Sardan said the PCG were in the area of the collision in rescue and retrieval operations.

“Hindi pa makausap na maayos ang mga na-rescue dahil nasa state of shock pa sila,” Sardan said.

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