2 foreign ships collide off Corregidor, 1 dead

COLLISION OFF CORREGIDOR Two foreign vessels collide off Corregidor Island on Friday, resulting in the death of a crewmember of one of the ships. A Sierra Leone-flagged dredger capsized following the collision.

TWO foreign vessels collided off Corregidor Island Friday, resulting in the death of a crewmember of one of the ships.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said those involved in the collision were Sierra Leone-flagged dredger MV Hong Hai 189 and Marshall-flagged chemical oil product tanker MT Petite Soeur.

The PCG said its sub-station in Corregidor was informed that MV Hong Hai 189 capsized following the collision.

The body of a Chinese crewmember was recovered by the search and rescue (SAR) at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

They also rescued two others who were brought to the nearest hospital for identification and medical assistance.

The vessel near the vicinity of the accident rescued 16 of the 20 crew of MV Hong Hai 189.

Meanwhile, all 21 crew of MT Petite Soeur were safe.

The Coast Guard Aviation Force is currently conducting an aerial survey to augment the SAR operations on a missing crewmember while the PCG vessel, BRP Capones, proceeded to the vicinity of the mishap.

The PCG dispatched another vessel including aluminum boats and rubber boats, to assist the SAR operations.

The authorities have detained the MT Petite Soeur pending results of their inspection.

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