Monday, April 26, 2010

73 people rescued from distressed boat

Manila Bulletin, Sunday, 14 February 2010

By: Aaron B Recuenco

Navy personnel rescued 73 crew and passengers of a
motorized boat which suffered mechanical problem off
the shore of Infanta, Quezon, a military spokesman
said yesterday.

Navy Lieutenant (senior grade)Darwin Nieva, spokesman
of the Naval Forces Southern Luzon, said the MB Raffy
was on its way to Real town from Polilio Island last
Friday morning when the shaft connecting
the engine and the propeller was detached.

"A boat which was incapacitated when it lost its
power and steering is extremely dangerous given the sea
condition," said Nieva.

"Once it lost its power and stalled, it may
be overturned by big waves, swept away to high seas or
run aground," he added.

Nieva said a navy boat stationed nearby immediately
proceeded in the area and towed the passenger
boat to safety, adding that no one was hurt during
the incident.

The official attributed the safe rescue to the boat
captain who immediately sought the assistance
through a distress call he sent to local authorities.

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