On Aug 4, 2012, two ships matching the description of tug vessels Woodman 38 and barge Woodman 39 had been berthed at Gensan Shipyard in Bawing, Siguil, Maasim, Sarangani Province, Philippines. The shipyard's chief told in a statement that Woodman 38 and Woodman 39 had been in distress and drifting off Gensan shipyard on Jul 31, 2012 at or nearly 17:00hrs. A team from the shipyard rendered help and towed the tug boat Woodman 38 and Woodman 39 safely in the docking facility of the shipyard. In the time of the operation, the 6 ‘crew members’, probably pirates, that were on the board Woodman 38 fled the ships, that were secured in the shipyard at or nearly 22:00 hrs on Jul 31, 2012.
Twelve crew members of the hijacked Malaysian vessel Woodman 38 were forced by pirates to quit the ship on a life raft on Jul 30, with just some quantity of fresh water and no other supplies. After the hijack pirates managed tug and barge on tow to proceed to Celebes sea, they disembarked crew members somewhere among Borneo island and Philippine. Raft was seen by a Philippine watch post and soon after airlifted to safety. They had been taken to hospital with some dehydration, but generally in good health condition. Philippine Navy pushed a search for the hijacked tug and barge and the pirates that hijacked the vessels.