Chinese sailors die off Zamboanga


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two Chinese sailors died while another more was rushed on Sunday to a hospital from their ship off Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, police said.

Police said the ship’s captain, Shengbo Wang, radioed the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) before dawn and sought emergency medical evacuation of the injured sailor.

The dead sailors were identified as Zhang Wenju, 35, the chief cook; and Engineer Xie Zhichao. The third sailor Engineer Liao Shiguo, 49 – his body all bloodied – was brought out from the ship by police and PCG personnel.

Authorities have begun an investigation into the incident, according to the local PCG commander Jimmy Berbo.

He said the ship, MV Qing May, has 25 crew members and carrying iron ore from its last port call in Walcott, Australia. It was heading to the port of Majishan near Hangzhou in China when it radioed for medical assistance off the village of Sinunuc near Caldera point.

“The vessel has 25 crew members and there is an ongoing investigation. The injured Liao is now in hospital while the bodies of the two others are still in the ship. We still don’t know what happened,” Berbo said.

He said the ship has a Liberian flag registry. No other details were made available by security officials about what transpired in the ship. It was unknown if the police and PCG informed the Chinese Embassy about the incident.


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