Coast guard shifts to search and retrieval for 2 missing in TriStar sea tragedy


The Philippine Coast Guard in Region 6 shifted to search and retrieval operations for the 2 missing crew of FB St Peter II, owned by Tristar Shipping Corp., that sank in the waters between Iloilo province and Sicogon Island Friday, the PCG said.

The 2 who remain missing were identified as third engineer Manuel Auditor and the ship’s cook, Julian Dungog, who are both from Cadiz City in Negros Occidental. Yesterday, September 27, the PCG divers were able to recovered the bodies of the captain and steersman with the help of divers from Cadiz City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, and other concerned rescue groups.

The FB St. Peter the Fisherman II sank between the vicinity waters off Tanguingui Island in Northern Cebu and Gigantes Island in Iloilo Friday last week after it experienced heavy gusts of wind and large waves, that caused the vessel to list to its left side.

The PCG in Western Visayas immediately deployed BRP Nueva Vizcaya (SARV-3502) and PCG-manned BFAR vessel, MCS-3010 to conduct search and rescue operations (SAR).

Of the 31 crew, a total of 22 fishermen survived the sea tragedy.