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Filipino-led ship crew rescues 84 refugees off the coast of Italy

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By Julius D. Mariveles and Hannah A. Papasin

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The crew led by a Bacolod resident rescued 84 refugees off the coast of Italy recently.

The crew of the Greek-owned container ship spotted the refugees of the Coast of Italy. | Photo courtesy of Harry Villanueva.
The crew of the Greek-owned container ship spotted the refugees of the Coast of Italy. | Photo courtesy of Harry Villanueva.

MV Fleur N skipper Capt. Melvin Villanueva, a Bacolodnon, told DNX that he and his crew spotted the refugees who had been afloat for more than three days already.

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Villanueva said he and his crew took pity on the refugees, who came all the way from Egypt and Sudan. 

“It was for humanitarian reasons,” he said when asked why he picked up the refugees.

The crew of MV Fleur N led by Capt. Melvin Villanueva rescued 84 refugees from Sudan and Egypt, who were floating at sea for three days. | Photo courtesy of Harry Villanueva.
The crew of MV Fleur N led by Capt. Melvin Villanueva rescued 84 refugees from Sudan and Egypt, who were floating at sea for three days. | Photo courtesy of Harry Villanueva.

The Italian Coast Guard is already in the process of transferring the refugees to their patrol craft.

Villanueva skippers the MV Fleur N, a container ship owned by Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. based in Greece with 18 crewmembers.

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