Fisherman dead, son hurt as US speedboat slams into fishing boat off Basilan


MANILA, Philippines—A fisherman was killed while another was wounded when a US naval boat collided with a small fishing vessel off Hadji Mutamad town in Basilan, a military official said Friday.

A Mark V Special Operations Craft was on its way back to Zamboanga City after delivering medicines for a humanitarian mission being conducted by the Philippine and US troops when it slammed into the fishing boat around 7 p.m. Wednesday, said Colonel Ricardo Visaya, commander of the 104th Brigade and Joint Task Force Basilan.

The fisherman was killed while his son, aged between 20-25, was wounded but declared out of danger, Visaya said.

The US vessel, which can run more than 65 knots, has navigation equipment but the American soldiers on board failed to see the small fishing boat because it was too dark, he said.

Visaya said it was an accident.

“You cannot say that they were at fault, it was night time. Although they [US troops] have navigation equipment, this small fishing boat came out of nowhere,” Visaya said.

But he said the family of the victims agreed not to press charges.
“The family accepted that it’s really an accident. So although we know they are liable but then it was all settled with the intervention of the former mayor of [Lantawan town], Mayor Pahira Ismael,” Visayas said.

Some 600 US soldiers are in Mindanao training Filipino soldiers on counter terrorism.

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  • Banana Na

    nag-umpisa na ang war…U.S. versus PHILIPPINE…pinatay na ng US soldier ang kapwa natin…

  • antonioluna

    ang galing ng pootang nang Visaya ruled out kaagad kung may liability ang nakasalpok.

  • Enrico

    Walang alam itong si Visaya sa Collision Regulation. Araw o gabi ay walang pinagkaiba. Makikita kahit maliit na kahoy sa tubig kung merong nakatingin kahit na sa gabi maliban na lang kung umuulan o foggy… Baka tulog ang Duty Officer o nakikipag kwentuhan kaya di nakita. Dapat dyan makulong o magbayad. 

    • Panzerjock

      I believe the US already has compensation for that family in order. I’ve worked with those people before and they’re very keen when it comes to those things, as to not cause a public relations nightmare.

      • Enrico

        I believed too otherwise they are making noise already.

  • joboni96

    training pa lang
    isang pilipino na ang nasawi

    lalo na pag dumami pa
    mga lintik na u.s. troops na ito

    sipain jsotf sa mindanao
    itigil balikatan at bwuesiting forces

    high tech gadget kuno
    nabobo operator

  • PHtaxpayer

    So much for relying on protection from the US Navy…the most powerful navy in the world and they can’t even see where they are going.

    problem with Americans they assume they have the right of way when crossing.  Here we practice defensive driving.   

    If you go to America, Singapore, HK and other places, you will notice that people walk on one side of the street and go in the same direction while here, ang gulo, it’s controlled chao

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