By; Bong Garcia Jr/Correspondent
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
ZAMBOANGA CITY—The Navy rescued 20 fishermen drifting off Palawan on Monday. Four others are still missing.
Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo, Navy spokesman, said the fishermen were rescued at about 1 p.m. on Monday about 10 nautical miles off Sinamahan Reef, Palawan.
Arevalo said the fishermen, who are all from Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, were traveling to Sinamahan Reef aboard FB John Paul when their boat capsized after it was battered by big waves spawned by Tropical Storm Ondoy.
He said Navy personnel aboard ML Super Nashville who were at the time conducting routine maritime patrol immediately acted on reports of the incident and rescued the 20 fishermen 10 nautical miles off Sinamahan Reef.
Arevalo said the Navy tried to sustain the search-and-rescue operations but failed to find the other four owing to deteriorating weather condition.
Rescued were Armando Wagwag, 57, owner of the FB John Paul and boat master; Micheal Conversion, 40; Romulo Wagwag, 25; Gomercindo Tanyo, 24; Charlito Celiona, 51; Eric Macaraya, 37; Renato Degrano, 18; Roman Tanyo, 31; Raymund Duallo, 26; Reymundo Duallo, 50; Micheal Duallo, 30; Edgar Lambuon, 18; Saturnino Unok, 36; Rolando Amorin, 32; Diosephos Degrano, 20; Martin Segurino, 51; Isagani Flores, 36; Reymundo Balasi, 36; Juanito Paquhibot, 39; and Charlito Wagwag, 35.
Arevalo said the rescued fishermen were taken to Balabac town, where they were transferred to BRP Juan Magluyan (PG-392) and transported to Puerto Princesa City for medical treatment.
Arevalo said the Naval Forces West commander, Commo. Orwen Cortez, has dispatched all available assets to conduct search and rescue for the remaining four missing fishermen.
Still missing are Romulo Manahay, 31; Roque Legaspi, 32; Federico Amit Jr., 28; and German Gonzales, 30.