Helping Myanmar Seafarers Rescuedfrom M.V. LIDIA
On the evening of 29th October, Hong Kong International Seafarer Services Centre(ISSC) welcomed 8 Myanmar seafarers rescued from M.V. LIDIA.
M.V. LIDIA was stranded by rough sea near Dongsha Island during tropical storm “Lionrock” on 8th October. 8 Myanmar crew members were rescued by Hong Kong Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre (MRCC) and arranged for a 21-day quarantine, according to the disease prevention measures of Hong Kong.
After learning the emergency situation of Myanmar seafarers, Hong Kong ITF (FOC) Campaign Office and local maritime unions immediately contacted them. The unions actively arranged accommodation hotel for them after quarantine, and emergency aid were provided.
ISSC provided assistance to the rescued seafarers as far as we can, from their transportation, meals and rest, to accompany them sightseeing Lantau Island and shopping in Sham Shui Po. They also received souvenirs from ISSC before leaving Hong Kong.
8 rescued Myanmar seafarers finally arrived at their country safely. They expressed their heartfelt gratitude to ITF (FOC) Campaign Office and ISSC. “We felt very unlucky and depressed when we were stranded by the typhoon. But we are able to get fully support from the Hong Kong government, ITF, maritime unions and ISSC to return home safely, let me think we are fortunate to be in Hong Kong. My family and I sincerely thank everyone who has helped us. Hong Kong is so good!”