Fishing vessel sinks: 2 missing, 33 rescued PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 11:53

Two crew members were reported missing and believed to have perished in the sea, while 33 fishermen and other boat crewmen were rescued after their fishing vessel sank off Tumabal, Sulu at dawn last Sunday.

The missing crew men were identified as Chief Engr. Renato Villalobos and oiler Irineo Buhayan.

A report reaching DZT disclosed that F/B Uni-18, sank due to severe listing brought about by uneven weight distribution aboard.

According to master fisherman (maestro amo) Renato Castañeda, the boat departed Zamboanga City  last February 21 and sailed to Tumabal fishing ground where they stayed for more than a month for fishing expedition.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, the vessel was retrieving catch-fish by pulling the fishnet utilizing the ship’s boom. It was severely listed at the port side and immediately the chief engineer rushed to the engine room to assist the crew-in-charge who was asleep but it was too late for any corrective measures as the vessel rapidly capsized in a span of 10 minutes. All the crew fell into the water but 10 of them were rescued immediately except for the two who were still missing as of press time.

The 33 crewmen and fishermen were brought to Nancy Yang Fishing Port in Talisayan, Zamboanga City and were reported to be  in good health condition.

Initial investigation showed that failure to balance the boat’s ballast tank was the cause of the sinking. – Dan Toribio Jr.