Missing crew of sunken Chinese vessel sighted in Batanes

April 24, 2010 10:41 pm 

MANILA, April 24 –A body believed to be one of the three missing crew of a Chinese fishing vessel was sighted along the shoreline of Yami Island in Batanes, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

Belated report reaching PCG headquarters said that the cadaver was sighted along the shoreline of Yami Island at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the PCG has yet to retrieve the body because of high tide.

Personnel of Coast Guard Station Basco was informed by a fisherman that a cadaver was seen along the shoreline of Yami Island and a partial wreck of a fishing vessel protruding on the water at vicinity west of Yami Island.

Subsequently, personnel of Coast Guard Station Basco organized a retrieval team, together with Philippine National Police and proceeded to the area onboard a motorboat.

The team arrived in Yami Island on at 1 p.m. Thursday and a heavy stench of foul odor emanated from the body which is already in a state of decomposition along the shoreline entangled in a nylon net.

The body was believed to be one of the three missing crew of a Chinese fishing vessel with body number CT-35130 that sunk in Batanes on April 8. The team also noticed a part of a fishing vessel with Chinese markings protruding above the water presumably the CT-35130.

Due to very unpleasant smell the team did not stay longer and covered the body with a canvas found in the area. The body lay in a rocky portion of the shoreline which could not be reached by high tide.

Personnel of Coast Guard District Northern Luzon already informed Taiwan Economic Cooperation Office about the found cadaver.

The PCG will accordingly inform the concerned Taiwanese fishing vessel company in Taipei to coordinate what actions to undertake. (PNA) RMA/JES

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