The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that two Filipinos went missing after their ship, the Maria, sank following a collision with a fishing trawler on the North Sea off the Dutch coast on Monday.
In a text message, Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez confirmed that the Philippine Embassy at The Hague informed the department about the incident between the 32-meter Maria and the fishing trawler Texel 68.
The ship was deployed to guard an oil drilling platform about 40 kilometers southwest of the Dutch navy port of Den Helder. It had five crew members–two were rescued while three went missing, including the two Filipinos.
“Our embassy was informed that the Dutch Coast Guard is still searching for the missing crew members,” Hernandez said.
“Our embassy continues to monitor developments on this in coordination with authorities there as well as with the shipping agent,” he added.
Reports said that fishermen aboard the Texel 68 have seen all five of the crew members of Maria on the bridge wearing life jackets after the collision.
Seamen could still survive several hours in the North Sea waters because it is still relatively warm at this time of the year, reports added. The temperature is said to be at around 16 degrees.
There was no cause of crash reported. BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON