Thursday, 18 December 2014

Search for 5 missing Pinoy crew members of Korean fishing ship continues in Bering Sea

Search operations for the missing victims of the December 1 sea tragedy off Russia, which included five Filipinos, continue even though no bodies have been found recently, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

“Search and retrieval operations continue among South Korea, the United States and Russia,” DFA spokesperson Charles Jose told GMA News Online in a text message.

The victims were crew members of the South Korean fishing vessel Oryong 501, which sank in Bering Sea off the coast of Russia's far eastern Chukotka region on December 1. Seven survived the incident – three Filipinos, three Indonesians and one Russian.

Twenty-seven fatalities have so far been reported — five Filipinos, 14 Indonesians, six Koreans and two unidentified nationals — while 26 remained missing. Among those missing were five Filipinos, 16 Indonesians and five Koreans.

“[Search continues] even while the survivors and remains of the deceased victims are being transported to Busan,” Jose said.

In an earlier press briefing, Jose said the Russian vessel Odin, which are carrying the survivors as well as the bodies of the fatalities, left for Busan on December 12 and is expected to arrive there on Dec. 22.

Jose said the ship will make short call first at Vladivostok to undergo necessary Russian government documentation.

Thursday 18 December 2014


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