Rescuers shift to retrieval ops for 14 Filipino fishermen in HK cargo ship collision


Posted at Jul 01 2020 10:26 AM | Updated as of Jul 01 2020 02:04 PM

MANILA - Authorities on Wednesday shifted to retrieval operations for 14 Filipino fishermen whose boat collided with a Hong Kong cargo ship in Occidental Mindoro over the weekend.

No survivors were found when cargo ship Vienna Wood returned to the location of its collision with Liberty 5 following damage assessment, the agency managing the cargo ship earlier said.

An overturned hull of what appeared to be a small vessel was spotted and reported to the Philippine Coast Guard, it added.

Philippine authorities continued their search and rescue operations for the missing fishermen until Tuesday.

Fermin Soto, owner of Liberty-5, said the Coast Guard found that the ship's pilot house was severely damaged, adding this must have been where the cargo hit the small vessel.

The Liberty-5 was on its way to the Navotas fish port, while the Vienna Wood was bound for Australia from Subic, Zambales when the incident happened.

More details to follow. 

--Report from Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News