overseas Filipinos

[WATCH] Seafarers exiled by pandemic face peril, death

Ana P. Santos
[WATCH] Seafarers exiled by pandemic face peril, death
At sea, Jesus Gaboni and his men prayed for salvation and rescue. They're home.
In partnership with the Pulitzer Center

The outbreak of COVID-19 pushed the world into quarantine and isolation. But even before this, the crew on board the Fu Yuan Yu 7874 fishing vessel were already in an ocean lockdown.

Brutal working conditions and months of being unable to communicate with their loved ones take an emotional toll on seafarers.

At sea, Jesus Gaboni and his men prayed for salvation and rescue. Now home, they pray for those who did not make it alive. Here’s their story. – Rappler.com

Writer & narrator: Ana P. Santos
Animation: David Castuciano
Video editor: Jaene Zaplan
Graphics: Alyssa Arizabal
Additional photos: Martin San Diego
Producer: Jaira Roxas
Supervising Producer: Beth Frondoso

This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

Read the reports:
Part 1 | Ocean lockdown: Filipino fishermen face perils at sea
Part 2 | After freedom, Filipino seafarers captured by pirates battle trauma