Fishing vessel capsizes off coast of Brunei, 7 Filipino crewmen missing

13-Aug-2019 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is actively monitoring developments on the sinking of a Brunei-flagged fishing vessel, Radims 2, off the coast of Brunei.

Citing reports from the Philippine Embassy in Brunei, the DFA said the vessel had eleven crew members, seven of whom are Filipinos.

The Department said Ambassador to Brunei Christopher Montero already assured that the embassy is closely coordinating with Brunei authorities for updates on Brunei’s joint search and rescue operations with Malaysia.

Only two crew members were previously rescued, according to the embassy, but the search and rescue operations were halted on Sunday (August 11) as no other crew members were found in the search area.

Reports said the last communication between the owner of Radims 2 and its captain was on August 7 (Wednesday).

Since then, Brunei’s National Search and Rescue Coordination Committee has sought assistance from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency in locating missing crewmembers, the DFA said.

There were no reports so far of the nationalities of the two survivors.


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