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All 27 Filipino seafarers safe after Houthi attack in Red Sea — DMW

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The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) on Monday confirmed that 27 Filipino seafarers are safe following an attack by Houthi forces on a bulk cargo carrier in the Red Sea.

DMW Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac said the all-Filipino crew of M/V Transworld Navigator were safe and escaped from the Houthi attackers using drones.

“Their ship was hit but managed to escape and they are now out of the high-risk area,” Cacdac said.

A report reaching the DMW said the Iran-backed Houthi claimed responsibility for the missile attack on the Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned and operated bulk cargo carrier.

The United States Central Command said the crew reported minor injuries and moderate damage to the ship, but the vessel has continued underway. Cacdac, however, said there were no injuries.

According to the US Central Command, the M/V Transworld Navigator most recently docked in Malaysia and was en route to Egypt.    

Cacdac said that the crew will likely be repatriated once they reach a safe port.

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