MANILA, Philippines - The 26 missing fishermen have been found alive and floating with their life vests a few kilometers away from the shorelines of Pangasinan by the Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), disaster authorities said.
National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Undersecretary Benito Ramos said they are very thankful the fishermen on board a 45 tonner vessel named FB 3MS WOF were found alive by navymen and coast guard elements aboard rescue helicopters.
Ramos said the 26 fishermen, whose names were not available, were on board a boat were reported missing 6:30 p.m. in Bolinao, Pangasinan. He said they were hit by strong waves while on their way to Spratly Islands to do fishing.
He also said all evacuees in affected areas by Tropical Depression “Dodong” in the provinces of Maguindanao, Batangas, Bataan, Cotabato have returned to their homes after floods have subsided.
Ramos said there is minimal damage in areas where “Dodong” passed through Thursday.