PHOTOGRAPH BY NONOY LACSON FOR DAILY TRIBUNE THE remains of Capt. Baltazar Cruz is lowered from his boat.
ZAMBOANGA CITY — A boat captain died on board the bulk carrier M/V Ivestos while it was traversing the international sea lane portion of Sibutu in Tawi-Tawi province, heading towards Masinloc in Zambales province on Saturday morning.
Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMinCom) Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. identified yesterday the boat captain as Baltazar C. Cruz, 62 years old, a Filipino citizen.
According to Vinluan, the vessel originated from the port of Loboc in Indonesia, with 23 crew members — 21 Filipinos and two Greek nationals.
Vinluan said a crew member sent a distress call Saturday morning to the Littoral Monitoring Station of the Philippine Navy in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, seeking medical help after their ship captain lost consciousness.
The 3rd Boat Attack Division of the PN sent a medical team to the boat, but Captain Cruz did not respond to first aid and was declared “dead” by the navy personnel.
The cause of death was yet to be determined at press time. In adherence to protocol, the cadaver will undergo quarantine at the Batu-Batu Dispensary in Panglima Sugala in Tawi-Tawi, while awaiting communication from the shipping company.
“We commiserate with the family of Boat Captain Cruz who succumbed to death while navigating his vessel at sea,” the AFP-WestMinCom commander said.
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