Filipino sailor falls from cargo ship

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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

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  1. Lieutenant Nicolas Maire (French Coastguard) on

    Dear journalist and readers,

    I am Lieutenant Nicolas Maire, french coastguard. I was the duty officer of maritime rescue centre when Mr Ruel Alang falls from his cargo ship “Loa” . I coordinated the rescue operation but unfortunately I failed to find Mr Alang.
    Please, is anyone know his family’s address? I would like to write them.
    Thank you in advance.

    LT Nicolas Maire
    France

    • Phoebe Bringuer on

      Good eve sir .. i am phoebe his fiancee, please sir if you have some information or any updates on Mr. Ruel Fidel Alang case and til now his missing., where ol hoping together with his family that HIS STILL ALIVE and it might be somewhere else nearby areas waiting for him to rescue there..you may contact us at 09481462802/09103004730 or email me at cutephebz072507@gmail.com..Home address of his parents where in PUROK 1,BARANGAY MOLOPOLO, MUNICIPALITY OF KIBLAWAN, PROVINCE OF DAVAO DEL SUR, PHILIPPINES. thank you so much sir .. we are hoping for your early response to this matter. Godbless

  2. He is my brod, member of dunamis club international dmma chapter batch 14. he is a recognized bachelor of science in marine transportation from dmma college of southern phils. His name is d/c ruel alang.