ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – A Liberian cargo ship owned by the Foremost Group of China made an emergency stopover here Sunday after one of its crew members ran amok aboard ship, killing two persons and injuring another, authorities said.
Sheng Bo Wang, the skipper of M/V Qing May, requested the Zamboanga Coast Guard Station (ZCGS) around 4 a.m. Sunday for medical evacuation assistance to rush to the hospital Liao Shie Ghou, the boat’s electrical engineer.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Jimmy Berbo, ZCGS commander, said Ghou was taken to the Zamboanga Brent Hospital for treatment.
Berbo said Sheng informed them one of the crew, Whou Shang Yong, ran amok and fatally stabbed Sheishi Chao, the boat’s engineer, and chief cook Shan Weng Yhu, and injured Liao around 11:30 a.m. Saturday while they were cruising Sulu sea.
After the incident, Berbo said Sheng immediately called the coast guard Jolo Station for assistance and was advised to directly proceed to this city where they can avail of better medical service.
He said the 106,000 gross tonnage cargo vessel was ferrying iron ore from Australia to China when the incident occurred.
The vessel, which has a total of 25 crew aboard, departed Australia five days ago.
Berbo said Scene of the Crime Operatives together with an investigator from Police Station 11 have boarded M/V Qing May to conduct investigation based on the request of the boat skipper.
Aside from the police and coastguard, personnel from other agencies such as the Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Quarantine, and Bureau of Customs also boarded M/V Qing May, which is moored at Caldera Bay, this city. (MindaNews)