MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A Filipino died while four of his colleagues remain missing after a Chinese vessel allegedly rammed into their boat in Bolinao, Pangasinan last June 20, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.
The boat’s owner received an alert from its operator that a Chinese vessel bumped into their boat, which was then anchored to a “payaw,” or fish sanctuary.
One, only identified as "Christopher" was rescued but eventually died at an Ilocos Sur hospital. Three of his colleagues are still at the Gabriela Silang General Hospital.
Still reported missing are: Fred Celino, Arnold Garcia, Domy delos Santos and Amante Resonable.
NDRRMC said rescue operations are now underway to find the missing fishermen.