The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said that it deployed its Britten-Norman Islander with tail number PCG-684 and Airbus H145 light twin engine helicopter with tail number CGH-1452 to conduct aerial search at vicinity waters 14.57 nautical miles west-southwest off Tayamaan, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro this morning June 29, 2020.
A Parola-class patrol vessel is also en route to the vicinity waters.
“Yesterday, 28 June 2020, the PCG received a distress call from the captain of Hongkong-registered bulk carrier vessel, MV Vienna Wood about a collision incident with local fishing vessel, FV Liberty 5 at the said vicinity waters,” PCG said.
PCG said MV Vienna Wood departed from Subic, Zambales going to Australia, while FV Liberty 5 departed from Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi going to Navotas Fish Port, Metro Manila when the maritime incident occurred.
“After verifying the incident and acquiring further information from MV Vienna Wood, the PCG immediately activated SAR operations to rescue 12 missing fishermen, including its captain and two passengers of the distressed fishing vessel,” it added.