Three of 13 Filipino seafarers in Korean trawler sinking come home

Date Posted: January 8th, 2015 01:21 AM

Three of 13 Filipino seafarers in Korean trawler sinking come home Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that the three Filipino seafarers who survived the sinking of the Korean trawler Oryong 501 on 1 December 2014 in the West Bering Sea off the Russian Far East have safely arrived. “DOLE Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) team headed by Director Yolanda Penaranda of the Repatriation Assistance Division have met the three survivors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport two days before the New Year. They have rejoined their families,” said Baldoz. The three Filipino seafarers are Teddy Parangue, Jr., Rowell Alejera, and Micol Sabay. They were part of the 13 Filipino crew of the ill-fated Oryong 501 which sunk after taking in water in the midst of a storm. Five Filipino sailors died in the accident and another five are still missing. Baldoz said Labor Attache Felicitas Bay yesterday sent in a report saying the three survivors were met by the POLO and a team from the Philippine Embassy in Seoul when they arrived at Busan’s Gamcheon Port on 26 December and assisted them at the Chunhae Hospital where they received medical tests and treatment and at the Busan Coast Guard marine interview/investigation. “The survivors were provided winter jackets, shirts, a pair of rubber shoes and socks, and undergarments. They also accepted the financial assistance of 100,000 won of the POLO for the purchase of other personal basic needs,” Labor Attache Bay said. “They three survivors were also paid their contractual claims and benefits, including the unexpired portion of their contracts, by Sajo International, the Korean shipowner of Oryong 50,” she added. Labor Attache Bay also reported to Baldoz that the bodies of the five deceased Filipino sailors are scheduled to be repatriated on 8 January. Baldoz, who has expressed concern and condolences to the families and relatives of the five deceased Filipino seafarers who perished in the maritime tragedy, said they will receive all appropriate government assistance. She also said the POEA is in close contact with Crewlink International, the manning agency that deployed the seafarers, for other possible assistance. END

Created Jan 26th 2015, 11:05


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