Widow questions seafarer’s death in stormy sea; Filipinos in Halifax aid crewmen
 
 
 
 
 
 

Widow questions seafarer’s death in stormy sea; Filipinos in Halifax aid crewmen

/ 11:40 AM February 10, 2021
Seaman Jake Marinduque died of head, chest and spine injuries, Canadian authorities reportedly told his family. FACEBOOK

Seaman Jake Marinduque died of head, chest and spine injuries, Canadian authorities reportedly told his family. FACEBOOK

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – When a huge wave slammed against the deck of the bulk carrier MV Giulia I on Saturday, Jan. 30 off the coast of Nova Scotia, three Filipinos were injured and one died in the ship’s infirmary. A helicopter was supposed to medivac them but was unable to do so due to the bad weather.

The fatality, seaman Jake Marinduque, died of head, chest and spine injuries, Canadian authorities reportedly told his family.

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Now Marinduque’s widow, Kathleen, is asking why the ship was not re-routed in the face of turbulent weather and why the crewmen were kept working under that condition. Kathleen also urged the Philippines’ Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to probe the crewmen’s working hours and an alleged lack of rest days.

Meanwhile, the Filipino community in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the ship docked after the incident, sprang into action to help the crewmen, according to Philippine Canadian News, an Inquirer.net news partner.

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Filipino crewmen of the MV Giulia I, which docked in Halifax after the accident at sea that killed Jake Marinduque and injured three of his colleagues. PCN

Led by Philippine Consul Connie Lacson community members have mobilized to bring donations of food, toiletries, etc. to the crew on board the ship. All donations were being facilitated and delivered to the seafarers by Jake Salcedo who, using social media, through the Facebook group Nova Scotia Pinoy Tambayan, has tapped into the Filipino spirit of Bayanihan.

Because the seafarers have no other means of contact with their families and loved ones back home except through their cell phones, they were given SIM cards through a GoFundMe campaign organized by Micah Lacson. Donations poured in, from home-cooked meals to pizza donated by Domino’s, lifting the seafarers’ spirits as they wait to resume their voyage at sea.

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