3 Pinoy sailors rescued in Russia, 10 missing

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Three of 13 Filipinos onboard South Korean fishing vessel Oryong 501, which sank along the coast of Russia’s Far East region of Chukotka on December 1, have been rescued, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.

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Citing reports from the Philippine Embassy in Moscow, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose said there were about 60 crewonboard—the 13 Filipinos, one Russian inspector, 11 South Koreans and 35 Indonesians.

Five others whose nationalities were not immediately available have also been rescued, while a South Korean was confirmed dead.

“Bad weather is hampering rescue efforts. The embassy has instructed our Honorary Consul General in Vladivostok to coordinate with local authorities on the rescue operations,” Jose said.

The Philippine Embassy in Seoul has been requested to get in touch with vessel owner Sajo Industries for more information on identities of the 13 Filipino crew.

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