'Russia thanks PH for saving sick captain amid Covid-19 threat'

'Russia thanks PH for saving sick captain amid Covid-19 threat'

The Russian government through its Embassy in Manila thanked the Philippine government for helping a Russian captain who was ill, while it all its effort is geared in battling the 2019 coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

In a post in the social media platform-Facebook, the Russian Embassy said Capt. Alexander Solodyannikov of the tanker "Asphalt Transporter" reportedly suffered "an attack of an unknown respiratory syndrome."

It added that the ship’s doctor could not help him due to the Covid-19 pandemic scare,"no country would allow him to enter to be admitted to a hospital."

Capt. Alexander Solodyannikov of the tanker "Asphalt Transporter"
(photo credit to owner)

"(The) tanker was on the way to Australia and they asked a few countries to help, I don't want to mention them, not too many actually," Russian Embassy Press Attaché Natalia Linovitskaya said.
The Russian seafarer was picked up by a helicopter and was transported to a hospital in Metro Manila (MM) for the much-needed treatment. Solodyannikov was eventually diagnosed with asthma, the embassy said.
The Russian Embassy repeatedly thanked the Philippines, particularly, the Department of Foreign Affairs.

"The government of the Philippines responded to the embassy's request very quickly despite the lockdown and the quarantine measures and allowed the captain to be taken off the ship to a medical center in Metro Manila. Things were not looking good for some time, but now Capt. Solodyannikov is safe," it said.
"Thanks to the swift and decisive actions of the Philippine government, we managed to save a life," the embassy said. 
At present, the tanker "Asphalt Transporter"  is anchored near General Santos City.

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