The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) through the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Japan has repatriated seven Filipino fishermen from Japan on October 7. The Filipino fishermen were on-board fishing vessel Queen Mitch Petal Dasol – Pangasinan when Tropical Storm Kabayan sunk their vessel in West Philippine Sea.
Luckily, a cargo vessel NYK Joanna bound for Japan passed-by and rescued them. The fishermen were in the water for more than 24 hours before they were rescued, the DFA said.
“The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo provided consular assistance to the seven fishermen, which includes issuing their travel documents, obtaining landing permission from Japanese authorities, meeting them at Haneda port, as well as purchasing their one-way tickets to Manila,” DFA said.
DFA also coordinated with the Office of Mayor Noli Celeste of Bolinao, Pangasinan and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in extending appropriate assistance to the seven fishermen for their transportation from Manila to Pangasinan.