Baldoz assures family, relatives of missing Filipino seafarers in North Scotland ship accident search and rescue continues

Date Posted: January 8th, 2015 06:24 AM

Baldoz assures family, relatives of missing Filipino seafarers in North Scotland ship accident search and rescue continues Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday assured the family and relatives of Third Marine Engineer Jerome F. Narvasa that search and rescue operation continues after the ship he was employed in disappeared in the sea of Pentland Firth, off the coast of Northern Scotland on 2 January. Baldoz made the assurance after Labor Attache Joan Lavilla reported that even as severe weather conditions is prevailing in the area, elements of the UK’s Shetland Coast Guard had mounted an immediate search and rescue for possible survivors of the missing ship, the MV Cemfjord, which was loaded with 2,000 tons of cement when it went missing. “Search and rescue operations are continuing, including a search of the nearby islands. Shore teams are also conducting searches on the islands closest to shore from the point of the last reported signal from the ship’s automatic identification system (AIS),” said Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Hans Leo J. Cacdac in another report. “The shore search and rescue will continue until all efforts to verify the incident surrounding the missing cargo vessel are exhausted,” he said, saying the difficulties being encountered in the search and rescue are all due to the severe weather condition in the area and the early darkness of winter. Cacdac said the Manila manning agency of the ship, Euro-Asiatic Shipping, Inc. had immediately reported the incident to the POEA, and said it had already notified the wife of the missing Filipino sailor. “The agency continues to update the family of developments it receives from its principal. At the POEA, we are also continuing our monitoring of the situation in coordination with our Philippine Overseas Labor Office in London,” he said. END



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