DFA: 2 Filipinos among rescued from sunken Korean ferry

Posted at 04/17/14 5:32 PM

Ships take part in a rescue operation around the Sewol passenger ship, which sank in the sea off Jindo. Photo by Yonhap, Reuters.

MANILA (Updated) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Thursday that two Filipinos were among the passengers rescued from a ferry that capsized off South Korea on Wednesday morning.

In a statement, the DFA said that both Filipinos, who were working on the vessel, were immediately brought to the hospital and are now in safe condition.

"The two Filipinos who are working in the vessel are safe and have been brought to the hospital for treatment," the statement said.

In a report by The Korea Herald, the two rescued Filipinos identified by their family names as Cabras, 40, and Manio, 45, are singers reportedly hired by the ship operator Chonghaejin Marine Co., according to South Korea's disaster control agency.

The Philippine Embassy in Seoul also said that were no Filipino casualties in the sunken South Korean vessel.

"Our Embassy in Seoul has confirmed that there are no Filipino casualties in the sinking of Korean vessel Sewol."

At least 9 people were killed while nearly 300 people, most of them high school students on a trip to Jeju island, were still missing 24 hours after the ferry went down.