According to the Chinese Embassy in Manila, Chinese government’s preliminary investigation showed that Chinese fishing boat Yuemaobinyu 42212, engaged in a light purse seine operation, was berthed in Reed Bank when 7 to 8 Filipino fishing boats “besieged” it midnight of June 9.
“During evacuation, 42212 failed to shun a Filipino fishing boat, and its steel cable on the lighting grid of larboard bumped into the Filipino pilothouse. The Filipino fishing boat tilted and its stern foundered,” the Chinese embassy said.
It added that the Chinese captain tried to rescue the Filipino fishermen, but was afraid of being besieged by other Filipino fishing boats.
“Therefore, having confirmed the fishermen from the Filipino boat were rescued on board of other Filipino fishing boats, 42212 sailed away from the scene. The above shows that there is no such thing as “hit-and-run”,” it added.
The Chinese embassy noted that the Chinese side puts importance on China-Philippines friendship and safety of life at sea. It also vowed to continue to properly handle the issue with Philippines in serious and responsible manner.