35 Filipino fishermen rescued, 261 still missing

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 14:54

Manila: Philippines authorities have rescued 35 fishermen and are searching for 261 others still missing more-than-a-week after a powerful typhoon Bopha killed hundreds of people in the southern Philippines.

Regional military spokesman Captain Severino David today said that the Indonesian government has sent a ship to join the search for the fishermen, who may have been swept toward the Celebes Sea from the Pacific Ocean off Mindanao Island.

Indonesia has also allowed Philippines search planes to enter its airspace.

The Philippine coast guard says the tuna fishermen were about 222 km east of Davao Oriental province as early as October.

Typhoon Bopha`s top winds of 210 km per hour apparently made it difficult for them to return to shore. The storm killed at least 740 people.


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First Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 14:54

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