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Filipino fisherman hurt in bridge collapse discharged from hospital


One of the Filipino fishermen injured in the collapse of a bridge in Taiwan last week has been discharged from the hospital.

John Vincente Royo, 37, a native of Romblon province, recounted he was able to jump off his boat because he was on the deck.

“I heard loud noises above me coming from the bridge when I was working on the deck. The bridge started to collapse and I ran to the back of the ship and jumped into the water to be pulled up later by another boat in the area,” he said (http://focustaiwan.tw/news/afav/201910030024.aspx).

Filipino and Indonesian fishermen were injured when their fishing boats were crushed by the collapse of the bridge in Yilan last Oct. 1.

The bridge above the entrance to the port of Nanfang’ao collapsed at around 9:30 a.m., crushing three fishing boats with some 20 migrant fishermen at the time.

Royo said he still feels scared yet grateful to be alive because he has three children aged between 10 and 15 in the Philippines.

But he lost all his belongings, including his passport, wedding ring, and cash savings of up to NT$10,000 (US$968) because he lived on the boat.

Indonesian Miswan, 46, from Central Java, said he was pulled onto land from his boat because it was docked next to the pier at the time.

“Even though I am lucky to be alive, I have co-workers who have died and a friend who is traumatized to the point he is still unable to speak,” he said. Miswan suffered gashes to his back.

Jiang Rong-hua, the Taiwanese captain of one of the boats, said he treats each crew member as family and feels deeply sad that fishermen died on his boat.

“I have been taking fishermen out to sea for decades and never lost anyone. But now I feel very sad because I have lost people while in the harbor,” he said, adding that he was driving to the harbor at the time of the accident.

The six victims are 29-year-old Indonesian Wartono, 44-year-old Filipino Andree Serencio, 32-year-old Indonesian Ersona, 46-year-old Filipino George Impang, 28-year-old Indonesian Mohamad Domiri, and 29-year-old Filipino Romulo Escalicas, according to the Yilan Emergency Operation Center.


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