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MANILA, Philippines -- Twelve foreigners who had been thrown overboard their boats and left to drift at sea by pirates were plucked from the sea by Philippine Marines off Datu Blah Sinsuat, in Maguindanao province Tuesday night.
Colonel Alexander Balutan, commander of the 1st Marine Brigade, said the foreigners -- five Malaysians, six Indonesians and a Burmese -- were sailing from the port of Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia onboard the Woodman 38 and Woodman 39 on their way to pick up cargo from Indonesia for delivery to Davao City when the pirates struck.
"A Marine company observed floating persons three miles from their command post hence the rescue," Balutan said in his report.
Only one of the foreigners, ship captain Zamroni Umur, was identified.