Body of Pinoy sailor recovered

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The South Korean Foreign Ministry on Wednesday assured the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that rescue efforts are ongoing for the crew of Korean fishing vessel Oriong-501, which sank along the coast of Russia’s far eastern region of Chukotka on December 1.

The vessel was carrying 13 Filipinos.

As of press time, at least one Filipino was confirmed dead while three others were rescued. Rescuers also reported the recovery of 10 more bodies (three Koreans and seven Indonesians) as the Russian government also vowed to continue with its search and rescue efforts.

The three rescued Filipinos were identified as Rowell Aljecera, Micol Sabay and Teddy Parangue Jr.


Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a press briefing that the Philippine Embassy in Moscow and the honorary consul in Vladivostok are coordinating with the rescue teams.

Also, the Philippine Embassy in Seoul is in touch with concerned agencies there.
“Search is being conducted without letup despite poor weather conditions that continue to hamper [rescue operations],” Jose said.

Although the department has the name of the remaining 10 Filipinos missing, it cannot reveal it because their next-of-kins have yet to be notified of the incident.

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