Ill-fated South Korean vessel that sank off Russia claims first Filipino casualty

By on December 4, 2014

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MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday reported the first Filipino casualty in the sinking of a Korean vessel off the Bering Sea in Russia last Monday.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose identified the fatality as Jessie Alovera Londres, 25, who was among the 13 Filipino crewmen of the ill-fated Oryong-501.

“The Filipino crew member was among the 11 bodies that were retrieved from the waters yesterday,” Jose said, adding this brings to 12 the total number of fatalities.

Londres’ remains, Jose said, is on board the Russian search and rescue vessel Karolina-77.

Of the 13 Filipinos, three have so far survived and are in the custody of Russian rescue authorities. Other reported survivors were three Indonesians and one Russian.

As search and rescue operation enters its fourth day, 41 others remain missing, including nine Filipinos.