13 fishermen missing in Recto Bank after boat sinks

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13 fishermen missing in Recto Bank after boat sinks
The incident was just reported to the Philippine Coast Guard on Nov. 11, even if it already happened last week, Nov. 7.

Another incident has recently happened in Recto or Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea, involving 13 fishermen from Bataan who went missing in the sea after their fishing boat sank last week. 

The fishermen were aboard in fishing vessel FFB Three Sister, wherein only one crew member was rescued by another vessel FFB Joseph. 

Authorities believed that the sinking of the boat was due to Tropical Cyclone Quiel on November 7, resulting in FFB Three Sister members facing strong winds and big waves in the water. 

Angelito Espetito Jr., the survivor, was seen floating with a container to stay alive near Scarborough or Panatag Shoal, said the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). 

According to Espetito, he was separated from his fellow fishermen because of the winds and waves. 

Reports said the fishermen were on their way to Brgy. Sisiman, Mariveles, Bataan, where their home port is, when the typhoon had attacked them. 

However, according to PCG spokesperson Capt. Armand Balilo, the incident was only reported to them last November 11, Monday. 

The group has deployed BRP Tubbataha, BRP Capones, and BRP Boracay to do search and rescue operations in Panatag Shoal. 

They would also coordinate with the Chinese Coast Guard, according to Balilo, as the team had rescued passing vessels before this most recent incident happened.

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