DFA: FIVE FILIPINO SEAFARERS REPORTED MISSING OFF HAWAII ISLAND
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has stated that five Filipino seafarers were reported missing after abandoning their burning cargo vessel off the island of Hawaii two weeks ago.
In a statement, the DFA said the five were among the 21 Filipino crew of the M/V Sincerity Ace who abandoned the Panamanian-flagged vessel after it caught fire on New Year’s Eve some 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Oahu.
The DFA was informed that a tugboat and another vessel had been sent to the area to locate the five.
Meanwhile, the 16 other seafarers were rescued by the United States Coast Guard and other passing merchant vessels.
The DFA said most of them have since returned to the Philippines.