Filipino seamen downed by food poisoning on chemical tanker
By Cynthia Balana
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:36:00 09/03/2008
Source of Article: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20080903-158473/Filipino-seamen-downed-by-food-poisoning-on-chemical-tanker
Reports from the online Carribean Net News on August 30, and the United Filipino Seafarers, a Philippine-based Workers' Federation, said the seamen fell ill after eating barracuda on Wednesday night.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was still checking the reports.
Reports said that the 35-man crew of the
Stilt Sapphire consisted of 27 Filipino, four Latvian, two Chinese, one Polish
and one Ukrainian nationals. The tanker was
transporting chemical cargo from
The reports, however, did not name and nationality of the victims of food poisoning.
According to the reports, Coast Guard
At least five passengers, including the vessel's captain, received medical care ashore.
The helicopter crew used rescue basket
to hoist three of the crewmembers ashore, and then returned to the vessel for
the remaining two. All five were transported to the Puerto Rico Police Joint
Forces of Rapid Action Air Station in
Coast Guard controllers coordinated with
Puerto Rico Department of Health medical personnel who deployed onboard the
vessel and removed 18 additional crewmembers who were then transferred to local
Twelve crewmembers with no signs of illness remained on board the tanker.
Sapphire will remain anchored at the
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