Rescued Indonesian and Malaysian tug boat crewmen arrive in Cotabato City in Maguindanao province on Wednesday night, August 1, 2012. (Photo by Mark Navales – Mindanao Examiner)
COTABATO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 1, 2012) – Philippine troops have rescued a dozen Indonesian and Malaysian crewmen of a tug boat hijacked by pirates off Sabah near the southern border.
The men were floating on a raft when soldiers manning an outpost spotted them off Maguindanao province late Tuesday, according to a military report.
It said Indonesian pirates hijacked the tug boat and barge on Monday and threw the crewmen into the sea. The tug boat was heading to Indonesia to pick up some cargo intended to Davao City in the southern Philippines when it was intercepted by pirates.
The military said those rescue included 6 Indonesians, five Malaysians and a Burmese. (Mindanao Examiner)