The Philippine Navy’s offshore patrol vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) rendered assistance to the 22 crew members of F/B GIMVER 1 which was hit and abandoned reportedly by a Chinese vessel in Recto (Reed) Bank midnight of June 9.
The Filipino fishermen are expected to arrive today in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro today, June 14.
“We denounce the actions of the Chinese fishing vessel for immediately leaving the scene of the incident, abandoning the 22 Filipino crewmen to the mercy of the elements. The F/B GIMVER 1 was anchored at the time when it was hit by the Chinese fishing vessel,” National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement released June 12.
Secretary Lorenzana added that fortunately, a Vietnamese fishing vessel was in the vicinity and rescued all 22 fishermen and brought them to safety in coordination with the AFP’s Western Command.
“The BRP Ramon Alcaraz, which was conducting a routine maritime patrol in the area, was ordered to assist in the recovery of F/B GIMVER 1 and its crew,” Secretary Lorenzana said.