Korean couple go missing after departing Samar on yacht

Missing Korean Nationals From Samal Oceanview marina, samal island, Samal Island Kidnapping
Korean Nationals Go Missing from Oceanview Marina, Samal Island – www.philippineslifestyle.com (Image Courtesy of Seven Seas Cruising Association)

Two Koreans have been reported missing since their departure from the Philippines on a yacht headed to Palau, Micronesia, in early May.

A report issued by a Jessie Yang gave a plea for the whereabouts of Mungchul Lee and HweSuk Hwang, both sailing on the yacht “Isaac.”


The couple had been staying at Oceanview Marina on Samal Island, just off the coast of Davao City.

Oceanview Resort is the same resort that Abu Sayyaf bandits captured two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipina in 2015 that has so far cost the lives of two foreigners, the ongoing captivity of the Norwegian and the release of Marites Flor, the Filipina involved in the nighttime raid.

Sources say that the Korean couple have been missing and their whereabouts are unknown – Eric Taylor, an American staying at Oceanview Marina told Philippines Lifestyle News that he and others have phoned ahead to Palau but it appears the couple never arrived at their destination.


Jessie Yang, a friend of the couple, is looking for any information their whereabouts – he can be reached via email at simba44p@gmail.com – or you reach SSCA’s home office at the information below where the original post for help was noted:

SSCA Home Base
10211 West Sample Rd. Suite 114
Coral Springs, FL 33065 USA
Phone: (754) 702-5068
Email: office@ssca.org