China fishing group apologises for Philippine boat sinking in South China Sea

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MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - China has admitted that its trawler was at fault in the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat at Recto Bank in the South China Sea in June, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Wednesday (Aug 28).. Read more at straitstimes.com.

MANILA - China has admitted that its trawler was at fault in the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat at Recto Bank in the South China Sea in June, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday .

The group asked the Philippines to file a claim for compensation"based on the actual loss" and promised that the trawler's owner would"coordinate with the Philippine side to expedite" the insurance claim. Twenty-two Filipino fishermen from Occidental Mindoro nearly lost their lives when their boat sank after being hit by the Chinese trawler, which then sailed away.Recto Bank is within the Philippines' 370km exclusive economic zone in the South China SeaDefence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who reported the incident on June 12, had condemned the Chinese trawler's"cowardly action".

The investigators described the incident as a"very serious marine casualty" event due to the total loss of the Gem-Ver 1. "Moving forward, this should be a catalyst for a code of conduct" for claimants in the South China Sea, he said.

 

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