Posted on January 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Philippine Coast Guard has launched a search for a seafarer that went missing near the city of Laguindingan on the 15th of January.
The missing seaman has been identified as one 33-year-old, Dominador Calot Fuentes. Mr Dominador was the chief’s mate onboard the Japanese-flagged ore carrier, Grande Progresso.
The vessel which was en-route from Brazil, and was bound for the Philippine Sinter Corporation port in Villanueva, was approximately 23 nautical miles off the Philippine city of Laguindingan, when the Master of the vessel noticed that Mr Dominador was missing.
Upon receiving the report from the vessel, Coast Guard Sub Station (CGSS) Tagoloan immediately informed CGS Misamis Oriental and CGSS Opol, who proceeded to check the surrounding area for possible sightings of the unfortunate seafarer but to no avail.
Three days later, a team composed of various Coast Guard stations in the area proceeded to Villanueva Point and boarded the Grande Progresso as part of its investigation into the disappearance of Mr Dominador.
The crew of the vessel suspect that the seafarer fell from the vessel while the ship was in transit.
Coast Guard district station commander Ferdinand Montermoso, said that Mr Dominador’s disappearance remains a mystery.
CGSS Opol has informed all vessels transiting in the area to be on the lookout for possible sightings of the missing seafarer.