BreakingSouth China Sea: 3 Filipino fishermen die after being rammed by foreign vessel
It said the incident occurred on Monday and that 11 crew members survived after the boat sank.
The coastguard said in a post on its Facebook page that it had responded to a “maritime incident involving a Filipino fishing boat rammed by an unidentified foreign commercial vessel transiting the vicinity waters off Bajo de Masinloc”, as the Philippines calls Scarborough Shoal.
A crew member of a Philippine vessel called Dearyn told officials that the ramming occurred around 4:20am on Monday while they were fishing with their “mother boat” 85 nautical miles (157km) northwest of the shoal.
The mother boat submerged, resulting in the death of its three crew members, including its boat captain.
The 11 crew members who survived the maritime incident used their eight service boats to leave the waters and transport the deceased to Barangay Cato, Infanta, Pangasinan, the coastguard said.
They arrived around 10am on Tuesday and reported the incident to the nearest coastguard substation for assistance.
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