The Philippine coastguard ongoing its research on Monday for 14 men and women missing considering that their fishing boat collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel in choppy waters.
It was not immediately very clear if the fishing boat sank and the search for its occupants was remaining hampered by robust waves, officials said.
The Philippine coastguard mentioned the cargo vessel MV Vienna Wooden collided with the FV Liberty 5 following midnight in the early early morning several hours of Sunday about 27km (17 miles) off the western coast of Mamburao town in Mindoro Occidental province south of the money, Manila. The cause of the collision remains unclear.
A light-weight aircraft and a helicopter joined a coastguard ship in the lookup on Monday for the 12 fishermen and two travellers who were being on board the Liberty 5, coastguard spokesman Armando Balilo claimed.
The fishing boat had been heading for metropolitan Manila when the collision happened early on Sunday.
The weakened boat was spotted hrs later, but there was no sign of the crew. The lookup was ultimately called off at dusk on Sunday, Philippine authorities explained.
The Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel with 20 crew on board was not carrying any cargo at the time of the collision. It had been en route to Australia.
According to the Philippine coastguard, the cargo vessel, which very first described the collision, was remaining escorted by a coastguard ship to close by Batangas province for investigation.
The collision transpired will come a calendar year after a boat-ramming incident involving a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat carrying 22 Filipino fishermen that took put in the Philippines’ distinctive economic zone.
The Filipino fishermen explained that soon after the incident, the Chinese vessel deserted them at sea, despite the fact that they have been later on rescued by a Vietnamese trawler.
The owner of the Chinese ship later apologised for the incident, but has however to fork out any compensation.
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