Philippine Coast Guard rescues injured Chinese crew in Antique

Photo credit: Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has conducted a medical evacuation for a Chinese crew, who accidentally cut his left thumb while sailing about 20.69 nautical miles west of Semirara Port, in Caluya, Antique.  

The PCG reported the 35-year-old second engineer of Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier, MV BBG Qinzhou, was rescued at around 9:00 a.m. local time on Thursday, July 4.

The 35-year-old man, according to PCG’s press release, was accidentally cut by a fan blade or metal, resulting in significant pain and requiring hospital treatment.

The foreign vessel departed Nansha, China and was heading towards Tanjung Bara, Indonesia, when the incident occurred.

In coordination with the captain and vessel’s agent, the PCG deployed BRP Kalanggaman (FPB-2404) to the rendezvous area at 1.5 nautical miles of Nogas Island, Anini-y, Antique.

The Coast Guard vessel safely evacuated the patient at around 6:00 p.m. local time.

Four PCG medical personnel provided medical assistance while underway to Muelle Loney Wharf in Iloilo City.

Upon arrival at 8:30 p.m., the Philippine coast guard turned over the patient to the vessel’s agent, who handled his transportation to the nearest hospital for medical attention.