Friday, June 10, 2011

26 missing fishermen rescued off Bolinao in Pangasinan

By Philippine News Agency
Interaksyon, Friday, June 10, 2011

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - All the 26 fishermen earlier reported as missing when their fishing vessel sank on June 9 in the south China Sea were rescued Friday morning.

The crewmen of FV 3M Wolf, owned by Lucy Caranay of Masinloc, Zambales, were rescued by the combined Philippine Navy and Coast Guard at about 9:00 a.m. Friday.

This was based on the report relayed to the Police Provincial Office here by Wilfredo Castelo, Municipal Administrator of Bolinao town.

Also rescued were six other fishermen on board two light boats that were used as back ups of FV 3M Wolf when it was returning to the port of Bolinao. There were three fishermen in each boat, which drifted till they landed in two separate areas of Pangasinan.

One of the back up boats landed at 9:00 p.m. on June 9 at the Arena Point in Agno town and the other in Guiguiwanen, Bolinao, where the vessels were heading.

FV 3M Wolf was returning to Bolinao from a fishing expedition in the south China Sea when it met tropical depression "Dodong" while it was exiting in Pangasinan, causing it to sink 30 miles northwest of Bolinao.

A report of the Coast Guard said that at about 3:00 p.m. of June 9, the captain of the vessel, Dominiano Centeno, called them up and informed that their vessel was already sinking and was asking for rescue.

Rodrigo Caranay, operating manager of FV 3M Wolf, called on the Navy and Coast Guard for the immediate rescue of their vessels' crewmen.
The navy and coast guard mobilized their nearest floating assets with the aid of a helicopter in conducting immediate search and rescue operations.

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