26 missing fishermen rescued-A A +A
Friday, June 10, 2011
PANGASINAN (Updated 4:14 p.m.) -- A top official of the national disaster council on Friday said the 26 missing fishermen off Pangasinan were already rescued.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC) Executive Director Benito Ramos said the Philippine Coast Guard plane spotted the 26 fishermen.
However, Ramos could not say if the fishermen are still alive.
He said the fishermen were wearing life vest.
The NDRRMC said the fishing boat F/B 3MS WOF, carrying the fishermen and 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 search operation.
Rescue operations are ongoing as of this posting. (Sunnex)