Friday, June 10, 2011

Phl navy, coast guard rescues 26 lost fishermen

By Joel Catencio, Friday, June 10, 2011

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.

In a report by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to NDRRMC in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City said "Dodong" has intensified into a storm as it exited of the of the Philippine area of responsibility PAR by 12:30 p.m. on Friday

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