Pinoy seaman rescued after drifting in Mediterranean Sea

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 13 2008 12:15 AM | Updated as of Jun 13 2008 08:15 AM

A Filipino seaman, who was drifting in the Mediterranean Sea for 16 hours, was rescued by his vessel last May 31.

In a report submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Ambassador to Turkey Bahnarim Guinomla said Mario Gallego Galvan was rescued after drifting in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The 32-year-old Iloilo native worked as a mess boy of vessel Angelita P which left Ukraine enroute to Brazil.

Consul General Alfonso A. Ver, who spoke to Galvan, said he appeared to be in shock and could not communicate easily.

Miranda Nuñez, captain of Angelita P, told the Philippine Embassy that Galvan jumped overboard after he was threatened by a fellow Filipino seaman. It was not clear what triggered the incident between the two.

The Embassy also said Galvan’s agency Inter-Orient Manning in Manila already informed his relatives and that the company is looking for an agent in Iskenderum to handle the repatriation of the seaman.

Guinomla said that Iskenderum is approximately 700 kilometers southeast of Ankara close to the Syrian coast.

Guinomla said the embassy is coordinating with Turkish immigration authorities and readying Galvan's travel documents to facilitate his return to the Philippines.