he Philippines alleged yesterday that a Chinese vessel accidentally rammed a local fishing boat north of the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, killing one and leaving four others missing.
The fishing boat set out from the northern coastal town of Bolinao in Pangasinan last Monday and was reported to have sunk two days later, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos said.
“Of the eight fishermen aboard, four were plucked out of sea only yesterday (Saturday), but one of them died in the hospital,” Ramos said. “Four others are still missing.”
The rescued fishermen told authorities they believed the vessel that collided with their boat was Chinese, Ramos said, though this could not be independently verified.
Chinese embassy officials were not available for comment yesterday.
The motorized fishing boat AXL John was anchored to a payaw, or fish sanctuary, when it was rammed by the unidentified vessel.
No other details could be provided on the vessel, which left the area after the incident.