- A Filipino fishing vessel collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Occidental Mindoro
- Following the incident, 14 Filipinos went missing, including the captain of the boat and two passengers
- The Philippine Coast Guard has confirmed the incident, saying that it happened at 1 a.m. on Sunday
- The coast guard has already started its search and rescue operations on Monday morning
It has been reported that 14 people went missing after a fishing boat collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Occidental Mindoro.
KAMI learned that the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has confirmed that fishing vessel FV Liberty 5 collided with MV Vienna Wood at around 1 a.m. on Sunday.
In a report by GMA News Online (authored by Anna Felicia Bajo), the PCG said that among the 14 people that were missing were the fishing boat’s captain and two passengers.
"Initial report received by PCG - the incident was reported yesterday morning by the Captain of the cargo vessel. The cargo vessel departed Subic and on the way to Australia, and now being escorted by PCG vessel to Batangas," PCG spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo said.
As reported by Philippine Star (authored by Patricia Lourdes Viray), the coast guard has already started its search and rescue mission after receiving a distress call from the captain of MV Vienna Wood.
The fishing vessel reportedly came from Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi and was on its way to the Navotas fish port. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship departed from Subic, Zambales going to Australia.
In a report by KAMI last year, an anchored Philippine ship GEM-VER was hit by a Chinese vessel that immediately left the scene in the West Philippine Sea.
However, Chinese officials claimed that it was not a “hit-and-run” but an “ordinary maritime incident.”
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