China, South Korea, Taiwan to help in search for missing Filipino seafarers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — China, South Korea, and Taiwan have agreed to the Philippines’ request for help in the search for missing Filipino seafarers of Gulf Livestock 1, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday.

Bello said he conveyed the request of families of the 36 Filipinos still missing at sea.

“I wrote them and asked for their help and they willingly agreed to help even before you asked for it," Bello said. "We’re doing it already so hindi problema ang pagtulong sa (help is not a problem in) search and rescue operations.”

The vessel disappeared on Sept. 2 in Japanese waters at the height of Typhoon Maysak. A second typhoon interrupted the search.

The Japanese coast guard has rescued three Filipino crew members, but one of them later died. The two survivors returned home on Saturday.

The Philippine government will not send its own coast guard due to the area’s logistical concerns and unfamiliarity in the search area.

The ship carried 43 crew members including two Australians and two New Zealanders.