CARGO SHIP SINKS, 16 THAI CREW RESCUED
Zamboanga City, Jan. 28, 2003 (Al Jacinto, Mindanao PHNO Bureau) -- Philippine authorities on Monday said fishermen have rescued 16 Thai crew members of a cargo boat that sank off the southern province of Tawi-Tawi near Sabah, Malaysia.
Southern Philippines military commander Lt. Gen. Narciso Abaya said the vessel theMVHornet was on its way to Bangkok to deliver its cargo of timber and plywood from Malaysia'sSandakan district when it sank Sundaynear the island of Taganak, several miles off Tawi-Tawi.
Filipino fishermen have spotted the boat and rescued the its crew men, he said.
"The boat was battered by huge waves and strong winds. It sank near Tawi-Tawi, but Filipino fishermen near the area have rescued 16 Thai crew members. We have sent them foods and doctors would check on them," Abaya told reporters.
Abaya said the boat was skippered by Captain Nit Thing Po.
He said the fishermen handed over the crewmen to the police and coast guardin Taganak island. Muslim fishermen also rescued a member of the Royal Malaysian Navy off Tawi-Tawi last month after he fell off his ship and was handed to Malaysian authorities.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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