From a historical perspective - the Orchid Sun sank off Oman - 12th July 2007:
Nine Filipino seamen remain missing after their ship sank off the waters of Oman Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.
DFA spokesperson Claro Cristobal said that the nine missing were among the 13 Filipino crew of the Korean ship MV Orchid Sun.
Citing reports from the Philippine embassy in Muscat, the Korean ship sank off Ras al Hadd about 150 kilometers east of Muscat.
The ship has 21 crewmen including 13 Filipino seamen, eight South Koreans, and two Chileans who represent the cargo owners on board.
Philippine Charge d’Affaires MacArthur Corsino reported that the ship sank at 2:40 a.m. July 12 (Oman time).
The Royal Oman Navy, with the assistance of the Japanese and Indian Merchant ships, were able to rescue four Filipino seamen, four koreans and two Chileans.
The rescued crew members were all taken to Muscat for medical evaluation.
Meanwhile, the Philippine embassy is coordinating with Omani authorities and the ship’s agents on the care of the four hospitalized sailors and on efforts to rescue the missing seamen. (Jeffrey G. Damicog)