Marshall Islands tanker behind collision leading to deaths of fishermen


Crew members of a Filipino fishing boat reporting to personnel at the Philippine Coast Guard sub-station in Infanta, after their boat was "rammed" by a foreign commercial vessel on Oct 2. - AFP

MANILA (Bloomberg): Three people are dead after a Philippine fishing boat collided with an oil tanker in what the nation’s coast guard described as an accident near a disputed South China Sea shoal.

Survivor accounts of the tanker fit the description of the Pacific Anna, a vessel registered under the Marshall Islands, the Philippine Coast Guard said on Wednesday (Oct 4).

The fishing boat failed to detect the approaching tanker due to bad weather and darkness, resulting in the collision that caused the fishing boat to capsize, the coast guard said in an incident report.

Eleven crew members survived the incident, which took place early Monday 85 nautical miles northwest of Scarborough Shoal, the coast guard said in an earlier statement, citing details from a survivor.

Earlier in the day, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said in a post on his X account that those responsible will be held accountable, and the victims’ families will be assisted.

The shoal was at the centre of recent tensions between the Philippines and China, with Manila saying last week that it took out a barrier in the area installed by China. Beijing has, however, said it removed the structure by itself, as it maintained sovereignty in the area.

"This kind of incident in the South China Sea is indeed very rare. I don’t think the collision has any significant geopolitical implications, given now we know the identity of the vessel,” said Ngeow Chow Bing, director of the Institute of China Studies at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Aseanplus News

Indonesian president to start working in new capital soon
Asian markets track tech-led plunge on Wall St, yen extends gains
Asean foreign ministers review SEA nuclear weapons free zone, other work plans
US, Vietnam discuss supplying Hanoi with C-130 military transport planes, sources say
District prosecution chief briefed on S. Korean first lady's questioning before report to prosecutor general three hours later
Ten, including two bank managers, charged in KK over RM24.2mil bank fraud
Public schools in Hokkaido increasingly using air conditioners amid hotter weather
Agent arranging fake passport for passengers to travel abroad nabbed at Delhi airport
Private hospital group backs Bank Negara's move for medical insurance co-payments
Goreng pisang vendor suspected of abducting two girls brought to court

Others Also Read