I just received this via whatsapp, so I´m not 100% sure of its reliability, but here are the statements of the two survivors, Mr. Renato Daymiel (oiler) and Mr. Jose Cabrahan (AB):
TRANSLATION FROM FILIPINO-ENGLISH....--- I am Renato L. Daymiel no.1 oiler of Stellar Daisy Polaris shipping. The day the ship sinks March 31, 2017 friday. one o'clock in the afternoon(1300H) we repair economizer SOOT blow pipe with Joker (wiper) and winston (cadet). after thirty minutes the ship was shaking and it was strong. And then the main engine comes to slow. Captain announced "All crew go to Bridge" three times. So we immediately run upstairs and I noticed that the ship is slowly listing to port side. When we arrived at upper deck we cannot proceed to the bridge or in our cabin to get our life jacket and immersion suit because the ship continues to list that's why we go directly to stbd side and out. I hold into the railings near to where the life raft is., wiper and cadet was holding near to a door in upper deck. Buson was next to me because he told me that we're going to release the life raft but we did not do it anymore because the ship is listing rapidly. That's why i stand on top of the railings. When i turn my sight to the cargo holds; the metals was exploding and there was a strong pressure of water with a bunker coming out near to us that's why I jumped but it caught me,..-- i noticed that i was under water. rolling like im inside the washing machine. when the water stop rolling; there was a strong pressure of water pushing me up. that's why i was easily up into the surface. when i was in the surface, i did not see the ship anymore. There are plenty of things floating nearby one of those was the immersion suit that has a name print of it BSN. I went for it and guided to swim, i also saw a life jacket. I noticed around and i saw a life boat but it was capsized and has a damged on the side. I went for it near to the propeller that it was already on top. i shouted to my crew mates " Where are you" but no one answered. 5 minutes had passed on a capsized lifeboat. Not too long enough, I noticed two life raft that floating one of those was capsized, sometimes vanishing because of the big waves. It comes to my mind to transfer to the life raft hoping that my crew mates was there. I wear the immersion suit and life jacket. i swim to the life raft that has a distance more or less 300 meters, when i was near to it, i shouted " help"....I was happy that someone answered. But when i come to near of it, only one person was onboard. He was Jose Mari Cabrahan (AB), he pull the sea anchor near to me. He helped me up to board the life raft cause i was so tired When i was onboard, we search the area hoping that we see our crew mates. until it was dark. we switch on the life raft's light and I also on the flash light to the area so that if there some of our crew mates can see us. But no one comes. we waited rescue for the whole night, Until in the morning. daylight has come, we saw a ship afar. We felt joy and gladness. we put out parachute hoping they can us but the parachute was not working. so we used hand flare waving up. but the ship was so far from us. we lose our hope and rested inside the life raft. Hours had gone, we again see whats outside and we saw a ship afar facing to our direction. we felt joy and gladness again and we put the three parachute but it was still not working. we get the smoke signal and throw outside, we also use other hand flare and waving...
waving it up. We felt gladness that the ship blow it's horn. Meaning they saw us. And we also see another ship facing unto us. When the ship was near, we saw the name of the ship M/V ELPIDA. Number of crew was waiting outside and waving unto us. until they get us out from the sea. We have a big thanks to all crew and oficers of MV Elpida especially to Captain Pelayo and C/E. They gave us clothes and they also feed us. Until here.. Truthfully Renato L Daymiel
TRANSLATION FROM FILIPINO-ENGLISH ... I am Jose Marie Cabrahan on board Stellar Daisy. 1530h LT 31 March 2017. I hear an explosion on deck. then i felt that the ship was listing to port side. I immediately left my work on upper deck and went directly to my cabin to get life jacket and immersion suit. and went directly to " Muster Station" in port side. When was there; no one was there. And i heard captain announced "All crew got to bridge. two times. The ship was still listing continuously to port side and i passed to port side stair way through the bridge. when i entered the bridge, i saw C/E lying near the door and i saw CAPT/ 2M/3M/Ccook/2cook/AB Cadet deck/Oiler/ elec. All of them was wearing life jacket. i saw the clinometer continuously listing. Iwas in the port side near the door. Maybe 1-2 minutes i saw 3M on teh VHF calling Mayday Mayday Mayday, then i saw the water coming into the bridge from the port side and i jumped to the water. It pulled me under rolling like washing machine, luckily that i wear life jacket and when i go to the surface of the water, the ship was gone. I saw the sea was in bubbles . and after couple of minutes , nobody was there. i saw a immersion suit and got it and hug it. and took a rest for a minute. I saw a life raft afar like 270-300 meters away. i swim for it and slowly thinking that i will survive. when i was onboard the life raft, i took 10 minutes to rest. After a while, i heard shouting for help and saw a crew. i pulled the sea anchor to be near him. he was No.1 oiler,"Renato Daymiel", while we're inside the liferaft. we search nearby hoping to see other crew mates. then i saw one capsized life raft. i also saw three life jackets floating but nobody was there. we stay inside the life raft and looking out nearby. Until in was night time, we never saw our crew mates. At night we lighted the canopy light and also our life jackets. In the morning April 1, 2017 we saw a ship coming, we used smoke signal and hand flare so that they can noticed us, we felt hope and joy the time they saw us and coming right to us. we used parachute flares but it's not working. we used smoke signal and hand flare. hte ship was coming unto us and the name of the ship was MV ELPIDA. they rescued us at 13:45LT. Thank you to all crew of "MV ELPIDA" . They gave us clothes and feed us.