Armed men hijack Vietnamese vessel near Basilan, abduct 6

Leizel Lacastesantos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 11 2016 01:33 PM | Updated as of Nov 11 2016 03:27 PM

Dham Yam Trong, electrician of M/V Royal 16, receives medical attention in Zamboanga. Their cargo vessel was reportedly hijacked by armed men near Basilan. Photo by Leizel Lacastesantos, ABS-CBN News

A Vietnamese cargo vessel was hijacked by armed men in waters off Sibago Island, near the municipality of Mohammad Ajul, Basilan, Thursday dawn.

One seaman was wounded while six others were snatched by around 10 armed men who boarded the M/V Royal 16, according to Zamboanga Coast Guard Station Commander Jerome Cayabyab.

Cayabyab confirmed that among those abducted were the boat captain, chief mate, second and third officer, the buson (petty officer) and another able-bodied seaman.

Based on the investigation, a passing cargo vessel in the area was the one who responded and informed the Coast Guard about the incident.

Late Thursday morning, the wounded victim who identified himself as Dham Yam Trong arrived in Zamboanga City. He was the electrician of the vessel.

Dham sustained injury on his right arm and was immediately given medical attention.

Because he is unable to speak in English, the origin of the vessel and their direction they were heading remained unclear.

No individual has claimed responsibility for the incident.

The Philippine Coast Guard has already coordinated with other law enforcement agencies for the possible rescue operation.