The Philippine embassy in Paris is gathering information on the Filipino seaman who fell overboard from a cargo ship in the northwest of France, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.
The Agence France Presse reported that the 30-year-old sailor, who was not wearing a life-vest, had been trying to secure a ladder late Monday when he apparently slipped and fell into the water under the 270-metre (890-foot) long vessel, which was flying a Liberian flag.
Searches Tuesday in the sea off the French port of Le Havre failed to locate him and the coast guard called them off after determining that his chances of survival were “very limited”.
Raul Hernandez, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said that the department’s Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs “is also looking out for a notification from the manning agency which could have deployed the Filipino seafarer.”
The Philippines is the biggest source of seafarers in the world, comprising about 25 percent of the estimated 1.5 million seamen in merchant and cargo vessels.
BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON and AFP