In fact, it was about a week ago, on 27 June when the Filipino fishing vessel F/V Liberty 5 collided with the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Vienna Wood.
What is more, reports say the bulk carrier collided with the fishing boat several times in the vicinity of Occidental Mindoro over the weekend.
Following an initial investigation, Philippine Coast Guard filed a criminal case of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property against the shipmaster, officers, and Nomikos Transworld Maritime, the merchant vessel’s shipping company.
In light of the above, the charges were filed after taking into consideration the eyewitness accounts of fishermen and other mariners who were first-responders to the collision, the nature and extent of damage to both vessels, and evidence gathered by PCG personnel in Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro and the PCG Southern Luzon District, as PCG reported.
There is a finding of criminal negligence on the part of the MV Vienna Wood in relation to the collision, sufficient to file a case against it.
....the PCG said.
Currently, the bulk carrier has been detained at the port of Batangas, while the search and rescue operations for the 14 missing Filipino crew of the fishing vessel have been extended until 7 July.