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9 Chinese crewmen rescued by PCG

Nine Chinese crew men were rescued by elements of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday after their cargo vessel sustained a damaged hull due to huge waves in Northern Samar.

The nine foreign seamen were aboard cargo vessel Jin Ming 16 when it started to take in water after its hull was ruptured amidst massive waves in Pambujan town.
The crewmen immediately dropped anchor and PSG team responded on time to rescue the victims.
Chief Insp. Ma. Bella Rentuaya, spokesman for the Eastern Visayas regional police, said Coast Guard personnel rescued a Taiwanese, Six Chinese and two Hong Kong nationals from cargo vessel.
Jin Ming 16 forcibly dropped anchor about 300 meters away from the shoreline of Barangay 2 Poblacion, Pambujan.
Rentuaya said that after a distress call was issued by the Chinese vessel, elements of the PCG, in coordination with the municipal disaster risk reduction and management office of Pambujan, immediately responded and safely evacuated the crewmen.
According to Ham Sebei, one of the crew members, Jin Ming 16 was on its way to Chile to procure goods when it was battered by big waves that cut its hull and sucked in waters, flooding its compartment and engine room.
As a result, the vessel’s engine conked out and drifted toward the municipal waters of Pambujan.
The cargo vessel left China on December 12 with 100 cartons of alcoholic beverage.
“Rescuers… disclose that the first deck of the ship is already submerged in seawater and is tilting starboard (right),” said Rentuaya.
“Only the upper half or second deck of the ship remains afloat, but is slowly sinking as it keeps on drawing more water,” she added.
The incident happened while tropical depression “Agaton” was battering Visayas region on Tuesday with heavy rains.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council halted on Tuesday sea travels in provinces in Eastern and Western Visayas due to Agaton and warned residents to seek high grounds due to possible flooding and landslides.
The tropical depression has brought heavy rains in some parts of the visayas even before it made its landfall, flooding more than 100 barangays in the two regions.
Two deaths have been recorded as of Tuesday, while thousands of sea and land passengers were stranded in various ports, ferry and bus terminals.
The bad weather attributed to Agaton also affected the whole of Bicol region and Mimaropa.

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