MANILA, Philippines - A South Korean-registered vessel rammed into a Filipino fishing boat off the waters in Davao City on Saturday morning.
The Philippine Coast Guard said M/V Rainbow Joy, owned by South Korea-based Ocean Eleven, left the area without rendering assistance to the 11 fishermen onboard the F/Bca Raisa.
Capt. George Ursabia, commander of the Coast Guard District South Eastern Mindanao, said the Filipino fishermen tried to get the attention of the bigger vessel to no avail. They jumped into the water before anyone could be hurt, he said.
“The crew of F/Bca Raisa were hauling their nets when they noticed that the said foreign vessel was heading towards them. Diligent efforts were made to call the attention of the said foreign vessel but to no avail," Ursabia said.
He added that nearby fishing boats responded to the fishermen in distress.
According to Ursabia, the government can file a case against the foreign vessel. “We can summon them, invite them but it might be complicated,” he said.
However, he does not believe that the foreign vessel intentionally rammed into the smaller boat. “They (crew of M/V Rainbow Joy) probably got scared that they are going to be mobbed…Also, they probably saw that (other fishermen) will render assistance so they maintained course,” he said.
Nonetheless, the South Korean vessel failed to contact the Coast Guard, he said.
"What we will do on the part of the Coast Guard is use the port state control network system. We will ask Indonesian authorities to possibly detain the ship and impose sanctions to them (crewmembers) because they failed to render assistance, that's a no-no to mariners. That's the best effort that we will make, inform the next port of call which is Indonesia. From there, Indonesian authorities can take over and probably detain he ship and conduct investigation," he said.