Philippine coast guard joins rescue of missing Chinese sailors

21:45, November 11, 2010      

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The Philippine Coast Guard has joined search and rescue operations of a Panamanian cargo ship, carrying 25 Chinese sailors, that was reported missing while enroute to China, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Thursday.

The PCG said it had directed its district office in Northern Luzon "to coordinate efforts and take appropriate action."

The ship was sailing toward Lian Yungang city in China from Indonesia and that Japanese rescue airplanes found life rafts and some oil stain on the sea south of Okinawa of Japan, according to Chen Fangming, a Chinese military attache of the Chinese Embassy.

Chen expressed the hope in a message to the Philippine Coast Guard that the Philippine Navy and Coast Guard could send some ships to search and rescue them.

PCG said it had dispatched an Islander plane to conduct aerial search and approved the request of the 11th Regional Japan Coast Guard Operations Center to allow the entry of a Japanese P-3C Orion plane into the Philippine area of responsibility for the aerial search.

The Coast Guard also said that it had alerted two of its ships to join the search and rescue efforts and the research is continuing.

Meanwhile, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday, that Japan's Coast Guard had found four survivors from the cargo ship.

Source: Xinhua


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