Coast Guard summons 2 ship captains after Cavite collision-A A +A
Monday, March 17, 2014
AUTHORITIES probing the collision of an unknown ship and a fishing vessel summoned the ship captains off two cargo vessel that reportedly passed by the area of incident off the coast of Ternate, Cavite.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) summoned the skippers of M/V Galaxy-Kalikasan and M/V Ocean Hope after data recording from the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) of the Port of Manila revealed that they are the two vessels that passed through the area where F/B Israel-G reportedly sank between 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. of March 12, said PCG Public Affairs chief Commander Armando Balilo.
As of Monday, divers from the Coast Guard Special Operations Group (CGSOG) have already retrieved six bodies, all crew members of the ill-fated fishing vessel. Four other fishermen remain missing.
Meanwhile, rescue divers on Sunday failed to re-float the sunken vessel due to the lack of visibility beneath the sea surface. CGSOG personnel will once again attempt to re-float the vessel on Monday.
Balilo said that there is high possibility that the remaining missing fishermen were trapped inside the vessel.
F/B Dan Israel-G was reportedly carrying 23 fishermen when it collided with an unidentified cargo vessel last Wednesday evening.
Rescue teams were busy still bringing in several drums and would fill it up with air that would be used to re-float the fishing vessel. (Sunnex)