Photo of the MV Happy Hiro supplied by the Philippine Coast Guard

Philippines Charges Bulk Carrier Crew Over Fatal Collision with Fishing Vessel

Mike Schuler
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June 2, 2022

Prosecutors in the Philippines have filed charges against four crew members of a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier that collided with a Filipino fishing vessel.

Seven crew members of the fishing vessel are missing and presumed dead.

The collision occurred May 28 involving the MV Happy Hiro. The ship reportedly hit an anchored fishing vessel with engine trouble off Maracanao Island. 13 of 20 people on board the fishing vessel were rescued by another nearby fishing vessel.

Charges against the four bulk crew members—including the captain, second mate, and two other officers—were filed in response to a complaint Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). They stand charged with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide, multiple injuries, and damage to property, according to the Philippine New Agency.

The MV Happy Hiro is reportedly being held pending the investigation.

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