4 Filipino seafarers out of danger after Russian missile hit ship

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Department of Migrant Workers Officer-In-Charge Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac (File photo)

MANILA – The four Filipino seafarers who were injured when their Liberian-flagged ship, Kmax Ruler, was attacked Wednesday by a Russian missile in Ukraine, are now safe and out of danger, according to the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).

In a statement on Thursday, DMW officer-in-charge Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac said the four seafarers were at the bridge of the ship which was docked at the port of Pivdennyi near Odesa, Ukraine when the missile hit the vessel.

“Thankfully, they were far enough from the point of impact and suffered non-fatal injuries. They are all out of danger,” Cacdac said.

He said the four Filipinos include the ship’s captain, an able seaman, a deck cadet and the ship’s electrician.

Aside from the Filipino seafarers, a port employee was also injured.

The incident also resulted in one death.

“The Filipino captain, able seaman and deck cadet suffered minor injuries and are receiving treatment on-board. The ship’s electrician, meanwhile, sustained a fracture on his left hand and is receiving treatment at a local hospital,” Cacdac said.

The DMW has already instructed the seafarers’ manning agency as well as the ship owner to provide all necessary assistance to the injured crew.

The DMW has also facilitated the communication between the seafarers’ families and their employers to keep them abreast of their condition.

Ukraine said the civilian ship was entering the port in the Black Sea region of Odesa when it was hit by a Russian missile. (PNA) 

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