TWENTY-SIX fishermen were reported missing as their fishing vessel capsized while on their way to Bolinao, Pangasinan.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Benito Ramos said the identities of the missing fishermen were not yet available as of press time.
Reports reaching the office of the NDRRMC in Camp Aguinaldo yesterday revealed that the fishermen were aboard F/B 3MS WOF owned by Leo Carangay.
At around 5:05 p.m. on June 9, the fishing vessel lost communication to the ground.
The vessel was reported fishing somewhere in the Spratley Islands as of June 7.
However, on their way back to Bolinao, the vessel encountered big waves and heavy rains brought by typhoon “Dodong.”
Joint elements of Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) are conducting search and rescue operation on baord two planes and two ships.
Ramos said as of 2 p.m. p.m. yesterday, 24 of the missing fishermen were rescued by a cargo vessel in South China Sea.
On Thursday afternoon, Pangasinan province was placed under storm signal number 1 due to tropical strom “Dodong.”
Aside from Pangasinan, also placed under storm signal number 1 were provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.
As of Friday morning, storm signal in those areas were lifted as “Dodong” moved away from the country.