Thursday, June 9, 2011

26 fishermen missing off Pangasinan

By Sunnex, June 10, 2011, Friday

PANGASINAN (Updated 9:57 a.m.) -- The national disaster council on Friday said 26 fishermen went missing after venturing into the Spratly’s area.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the fishing boat F/B 3MS WOF owned by Leo Caranay may have encountered stormy seas on Thursday afternoon.

"Said vessel ventured out into the sea on June 7, 2011 and stayed in the vicinity of the Spratly’s island to fish and they were believed to be returning back to Bolinao (Pangasinan) when the incident happened," the NDRRMC said.

On Thursday afternoon, Pangasinan was placed under storm signal number 1 due to Tropical Depression Dodong, which intensified into tropical storm Friday.

The NDRRMC said the Office of the Civil Defense in Ilocos Region coordinated with the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for possible search operation.

However, due to bad weather condition, the operation was not possible as of late Thursday.

It added, once the sea will calm down, rescue boat of PCG and the Philippine Navy will proceed to the area immediately.

Sun Star Pangasinan

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