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Pinoy seamen missing after mishap

Mario J. Mallari

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Five Filipino seafarers were reported missing in the United Kingdom after their Taiwan-registered fishing vessel caught fire off Falkland Island on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

According to Lagdameo, the Philippine Embassy in London is still trying to get more information about the incident

The DFA, in a statement, expressed hope that the five Filipino seamen are safe and will be found by rescuers.

“The DFA remains hopeful that five Filipino seafarers reported missing after their vessel caught fire off the Falkland Islands will be found,” DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said.

DFA Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato.

Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio Lagdameo said the five Filipinos were among 69 crew members of a Taiwanese fishing vessel that caught fire off the islands on 11 February.

According to Lagdameo, the Philippine Embassy in London is still trying to get more information about the incident.

The embassy is closely coordinating with relevant authorities and the manning agency of the Filipino seafarers and is ready to provide assistance, Lagdameo said.

It was not clear, however, what happened to the other crew members of the Taiwanese vessel.

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