Philippine coast guard in search for missing fishing boat

19:25, July 20, 2010      

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A fishing boat with a Japanese and eight Filipino crews aboard was reported missing off Indonesian waters, a day after departing Davao City in southern Philippine, a coast guard official said Tuesday.

Commodore Lino Dabi, commander of the Coast Guard District South, said the incident was reported Monday by Ted Okubo, a Japanese national and operation manager of Sanko Pacific Tuna Inc. based in Toril district in Davao City.

Dabi said they have issued Notice to Mariners (Notam) to all Philippine fishing vessels in the region to help in locating the fishing boat.

"We have also asked the (Coast Guard) headquarters to make representation to Indonesian authority and to the Palau states to issue the same Notam in Indonesia and Palau," Dabi added.

The vessel's last recorded contact was on July 17 near the Talaud Island of Indonesia. Dabi said he could not say if the sea was rough during the last contact.

"Its reported missing. We are expecting them to send distress signal because the fishing boat is equipped with SAR (search and rescue) equipment, transponders in case they encounter trouble," Dabi said.

Source: Xinhua


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