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13 Filipino seafarers safe in Ukraine

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All the 13 Filipino seafarers and a Ukrainian on board the sea were safe after four missiles launched by Houthi rebels hit the ship, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) said.

The vessel, a bulk carrier, sustained some damage from four missiles launched by Houthi rebels as the ship was traversing the Yemeni coast near Hodeidah on May 28, the DMW said, adding  that all the Filipino seamen  crew were unhurt when it was attacked  by the rebels.

“The vessel is continuing its voyage to its next port of call. The DMW is communicating with the shipping and manning agencies, monitoring the safety and condition of our Filipino seafarers,” the statement read. 

“The DMW is communicating with the shipping and manning agencies, monitoring the safety and condition of our Filipino seafarers. The DMW is also contacting the crew members’ families to provide any assistance they may need. 

 The department has repeatedly warned Filipino seafarers of the dangers of being deployed to ships that would traverse in the areas where Houthi rebels operate following past attacks.

It will be recalled that in  March this year, two Filipino seafarers were killed in a missile attack of Houthi rebels at the Gulf of Aden.

This prompted the Philippine government to seek the declaration of the Gulf of Aden and some parts of the Red Sea as war-like conditions. 

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