BY SAMMY JULIAN
Manila News Bureau Chief
MANILA – A 47-year-old Filipino sailor went missing after falling overboard an oil tanker sailing off the coast of Port Alfred.
According to reports from Cape Town, South Africa, the ship Alpine Amalia was sailing from Singapore to Angola in rough weather conditions when the accident occurred.
The Filipino sailor and two other fellow Filipino crewmembers fell overboard when the ship was hit by sea swells.
Two of the crew members were rescued by the National Sea Rescue Institute. They sustained back, wrist and knee injuries and were treated about 24 hours later.
Rescue workers spent the night searching for the third Filipino seaman who had been swept by huge waves. They had also alerted the Transnet National Ports Authority to provide assistance.
As of press time, the seaman is yet to be found.
Meanwhile, a Filipino seafarer was found lifeless aboard a cargo vessel docked at the Port of Los Angeles.
According to reports, the seaman was a crew member of the container ship Cap Posada which docked at the port’s Berth 136 on June 18. The ship was supposed to depart early the next day.
The body of the Filipino crew member was discovered with blunt force trauma to the head.
Initial investigations revealed that the victim died while containers were being moved on and off the ship.
Port Police and Federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration are still looking into the cause of death.
The vessel’s departure would have to be postponed due to the death of one of its crew members, authorities said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has yet to confirm the report./PN