PCG deploys vessels to search for 7 Chinese fishermen reported missing near Pag-asa Island

(Eagle News) — The Philippine Coast Guard has deployed vessels to search for seven Chinese fishermen reported missing near Pag-asa Island.

According to the PCG, PCG Commandant, CG Admiral Leopoldo V. Laroya ordered the deployment of BRP Capones (MRRV-4404) and PCG-manned BFAR vessels, MCS-3002 and MCS-3007.

Laroya also directed Coast Guard District Palawan Commander, CG Captain Angel Z Viliran to deploy BRP Cape Engaño (MRRV-4411) to assist in the search and rescue operations.

Laroya gave the order after the Chinese Embassy sent a request for help after the China Coast Guard (CCG) failed to find the missing Chinese fishermen in the past two weeks or since  December 11.

They had been reported missing on December 10, a few days before Typhoon “Odette” struck the country.

Laroya also directed Viliran to issue a notice to mariners on ships transiting in Palawan, particularly in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) area, to be on the lookout and report to the PCG any sightings of the missing Chinese fishermen.

The seven Chinese fishermen were on board fishing boat, ‘TAISHA2985’ before they were reported missing.