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RP Embassies in Beirut, Damascus Assisting Filipino Survivors of Ship Sinking Off Lebanese Coasts

21 December 2009 – The Philippine Embassy in Beirut continues to closely monitor the situation of Filipino seafarers who were onboard Panamanian cargo ship Dany F II which sank off the coast of Tripoli, Lebanon in the evening of December 17 due to stormy weather conditions.

In a report to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Mohd. Noordin Pendosina Lomondot stated that the Embassy immediately dispatched Labor Attache Nathaniel Lacambra and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration welfare officers to Tripoli to extend assistance to the affected Filipino seafarers.

The Embassy is also in close coordination with the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and the Lebanese Ministry of the Interior.

The Philippine Embassy in Damascus has also informed the DFA that the seafarer who was rescued in Tartus, Syria is already in their custody..

Philippine Embassy in Damascus Charge d’ Affairs, a.i, Marlowe A. Miranda has reported that the seafarer has undergone medical examination and is in good condition. They have also prepared the travel documents and are ready to process the exit visa for his repatriation.

Thirteen Filipino seafarers were rescued, with 12 safely housed in Tripoli and one in Tartus. They are Danilo Policarpio, Wilson Vicente , Lezer Gepulgani, Michel Olivia, Edgardo Pucan, Jonathan Rada, Rafael Tarroza, Erasmo Galanza, Leolen Babao, Rogelio Dequina, Joebert Benoman, Jowey Quinto and Jason Magsino.

There is one Filipino casualty reported, 3rd Engineer Alex Crisostomo.

Meanwhile, seven Filipino seafarers are missing. They are Manuel Calaor, Leonardo Tiongson, Fuller Edgar, Manuel Bordas Jr., Benedicto Cruz, Enrico Librada and Vilter Amit.

The next of kin of the fatality and the missing seafarers have been notified by their manning agency of the incidents.

The cargo ship Dany F II was on its way from the Uruguay capital of Montevideo to the Syrian port of Tartus carrying thousands of sheep and cattle when it was hit by Thursday night’s storm and altered course for Lebanon. END

source: DFA

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