2nd crewman’s death confirmed in sinking of Syria-bound cargo ship

December 24, 2009 11:13 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Dec. 24 — The death toll in the December 17 sinking in Lebanon of the cargo ship “Danny F II” has increased to two, with the remains of missing seafarer Manuel Calaor identified by authorities, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) quoting the Philippine embassy in Damascus, Syria.

The embassy reported that Calaor’s body was found in the town of Lattakia, which is about 375 kilometers off the Syrian capital of Damascus.

The DFA did not indicate when the body was found and how it was identified.

The first fatal casualty was earlier identified as Alex Crisostomo, the ship’s third engineer.

Calaor was one of seven earlier listed as missing among the 21-member crew of the ill-fated vessel, which ran into a storm in Lebanon as it neared its destination in the Syrian port city of Tartus. The ship originated from Montevideo in Uruguay and was loaded with thousands of cattle and sheep.

The repatriation of the remains and the 13 who survived is underway, through arrangements with the manning agency of the Panama-registered ship, DFA said.

Those who survived were: 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.

Efforts to find the six still missing continue, DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Esteban B. Conejos assured the families.

They are Leonardo Tiongson, Fuller Edgar, Manuel Bordas Jr., Benedicto Cruz, Enrico Librada, and Vilter Amit. (PNA)

LDV/GJB

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