One Filipino seaman has been confirmed dead while seven others were reported missing after their cargo ship sank off the coast of Lebanon last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said.
The Filipino seafarers were on board the Panamanian cargo ship Dany F II when it sank off the coast of Tripoli, Lebanon, last Dec. 17 due to stormy weather conditions.
The Filipino fatality was identified as 3rd Engineer Alex Crisostomo while the seven missing Filipinos are: Manuel Calaor, Leonardo Tiongson, Fuller Edgar, Manuel Bordas Jr., Benedicto Cruz, Enrico Librada and Vilter Amit.
According to the DFA, the relatives of the seaman who died in the accident and those of the missing seafarers have already been notified by their manning agency of the incident.
Thirteen Filipino seafarers on board the same ship, meanwhile, were rescued, with 12 safely housed in Tripoli and one in Tartus. They are Danilo Policarpio, Wilson Vicente , Lezer Gepulgani, Michel Olivia, Edgardo Pucan, Jonathan Rada, Rafael Tarroza, Erasmo Galanza, Leolen Babao, Rogelio Dequina, Joebert Benoman, Jowey Quinto and Jason Magsino. Daily Tribune