3rd Pinoy fisherman dead in Taiwan bridge collapse


Posted at Oct 03 2019 12:33 PM

MANILA - The body of a Filipino fisherman who went missing in a bridge collapse in Taiwan on Tuesday has been found, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said Thursday, the third Philippine citizen killed in the incident.

Authorities identified the fisherman as Romulo Escalicas Jr. The remains of 2 Filipinos were found Wednesday.

The incident left at least 10 others injured, including 5 Filipinos. The wounded have been treated and given cash assistance, the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

The MECO will repatriate the remains of the fatalities, it added.

CCTV footage captured the moment the 140-meter long single-arch bridge tumbled down onto at least 3 fishing boats as a petrol tanker that was crossing also plunged into the water on Taiwan's east coast early Tuesday. 

It was not immediately known what caused the collapse, which crushed three boats and set the tanker ablaze in the town of Suao. 

The rare incident shocked many in Taiwan, which is regularly hit by earthquakes and typhoons and has high building standards, prompting authorities to launch a review of all old bridges.

The government has set up a task force to investigate, with President Tsai Ing-wen vowing not to "evade responsibilities."

- reports from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News and Agence France-Presse