Tanker Crewmembers Still Missing

Tuesday, December 27, 2005
According to the Philippines-based Inquirer, six crewmembers of a tanker that caught fire last Friday have yet to be found as of Sunday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard. The motor tanker Tambora has also yet to be retrieved after being spotted off Limay, Bataan from the air by a Coast Guard helicopter crew on Friday afternoon, according to a Coast Guard report. The missing crewmembers were identified as Paquito Abon, Joe Familiara, Ferdie Manjares, Fernando Gonzalez, Alberto Monsall and Sixto Saistres. The Tambora was reported to have caught fire on Dec. 23 en route to Lubang from Manila. A Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the vessel drifting off Limay, Bataan later that day. On Saturday, a Coast Guard helicopter and a tugboat went to the area where the tanker was spotted, but failed to locate it. On Sunday morning, a Coast Guard helicopter resumed the search near Mindoro, where the currents were expected to take the tanker.

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