Sunday, March 14, 2021

Filipino cargo ship captain dies at sea

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Filipino captain of the Liberian cargo vessel MV Ivestos died after collapsing while sailing off the southern Philippine province of Tawi-Tawi, officials said Sunday. 

Philippine Navy personnel assist in the evacuation of the body of MV Ivestos captain Baltazar Cruz. 

Army Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., chief of the Western Mindanao Command, said the 62-year old Baltazar Cruz suddenly lost consciousness on Saturday forcing the bulk carrier to seek help from the Philippine Navy in the capital town of Bongao.

Vinluan said the navy immediately dispatched a medical team to the bulk carrier, but failed to revive the Filipino.  

The 3rd Boat Attack Division together with the personnel from the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi Forward Medical Team immediately proceeded to the area to check on the status of the patient, but unfortunately he did not anymore respond to the medical aid applied to him and was declared dead by the medical team,” he said.

Brig. Gen. Arturo Rojas, commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi, said they have not determined the cause of Cruz’s death and his body will to undergo quarantine procedures while awaiting the decision of the Filipino’s employer.

“The cause of death is yet to be determined. In adherence to the medical protocol, the cadaver will undergo quarantine at Batu-Batu Dispensary (in Tawi-Tawi) while waiting for further disposition from their company,” Rojas said.

The cargo ship originated from the port of Loboc in Indonesia with 21 Filipinos and two Greek crew members and heading to Masinloc town in Zambales province in central Luzon.

Officials did not say what the bulk carrier was transporting. (Mindanao Examiner)

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