The Chinese Embassy in Manila thanked Filipinos for rescuing their fishermen who were involved in a boat accident off the shores of Barangay Canipaan in Rizal municipality on August 5.
In a Twitter post on Friday, August 6, the Chinese Embassy thanked local rescue authorities for the humanitarian assistance to their nationals in a timely manner.
“The Chinese Embassy expressed its deep appreciation to the Philippine fishermen and authorities concerned for providing humanitarian assistance to the Chinese fishermen in a timely manner, which fully reflects their goodwill and the valuable friendship between the Chinese and Philippine peoples,” said the embassy.
On August 5, joint teams of the Bataraza Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Rizal MDRRMO, and other local authorities, rescued boat captain Lu Yunian and crew Fu Wanke, who survived the ordeal of their mother ship getting caught in bad weather while sailing in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
Police Major Thirz Starky Timbancaya, chief of the Rizal Municipal Police Station (MPS) identified those who perished as Li Bang Lai and Qinmi Tong. One who is missing was named Fu Wan Sheng.
Timbancaya said all five fishermen left Hainan on July 9. On August 1, strong winds and waves overcame their mother vessel, forcing them to abandon it and transfer to a rubber craft.