It was supposed to be a tragic incident as a container ship burned at Halifax, Nova Scotia. The seventeen Filipino crew on board the ship was safely evacuated and will be sent back to the Philippines very soon.
The Philippine Embassy in Canada confirms this report and they are now assisting the affected Filipino seafarers.
In the report which was posted on the Embassy’s Facebook page, it is said that the container ship which was identified as Yantian Express, burnt while they were 1,900 kilometers southwest of Halifax on January 3.
About 22 crew members were rescued by tugboats from the burning vessel, 17 out of which were Filipinos. All the 17 Filipino crew were able to arrive at Halifax safely, according to GMA News.
The Philippine Vice Consul in Halifax Elizabeth Eustaquio-Domondon confirms that they are in “high spirits” and already “being assisted by their fleet manager for their return to the Philippines” as of the moment.
Members of the Filipino community at Halifax are already providing as much help as possible through giving the basic necessities of the victims such as food.
As of the moment, there is still no news of the return date of the Filipinos on board the burning ship.