MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino seafarer who suffered second-degree burns in a ship fire off the Venezuelan coast last December 25, 2009 has returned to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said Cromwell Pineda arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila last Friday where he was greeted by his family and Executive Director Enrico Fos of the DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs.
Nine people including 6 Filipinos and 3 Greeks were killed after fire broke out on the Greek cargo ship M/V Aegean Wind last December 25. Pineda suffered second-degree burns in the fire.
The DFA has facilitated the early repatriation of the remains of the 6 Filipino seafarers who died in the accident. Under the instructions of Secretary Romulo, Undersecretary Esteban Conejos coordinated the actions of the Philippine Embassies in Caracas and Athens.