WATCH: Crew of Philippine vessel rammed by Chinese ship on their way home
After 17 days of sailing and surviving being rammed and abandoned by a Chinese ship, the 22 men of fishing vessel Gem-Ver are on their way home to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

HOME. The fishing community of Barangay Caminawit, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental is the home port of MV Gem-Ver. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – The crew of fishing vessel Gem-Ver are on their way home.

One June 9, the vessel sunk after its rear was rammed by a Chinese ship. The 22-man crew of the Philippine vessel was abandoned in the open seas after the incident. They were later rescued by a Vietnamese vessel, which turned them over to the Philippine Navy. (READ: AFP: Chinese vessel’s sinking of PH boat ‘far from accidental’)

Hundreds of kilometers away, their families were anxiously waiting for them here, hoping to see them safe. 

Rambo Talabong files this report. –

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