FOUR members of Bantay Dagat in E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental were rescued after their motorized boat was damaged while chasing fishermen-violators at Barangay Pasil Saturday.
Rescued were Bantay Dagat head Ruben Denaga, personnel Felipe Deguera and Alfred Caberte, and Police Officer 3 Dennis Gimena of E.B. Magalona Municipal Police Station.
Inspector Ramsey Barro, town deputy police chief, said Gimena called him to ask for assistance around 10:30 a.m. after their boat hit a bamboo structure.
It took the rescuers almost an hour to reach them about three kilometers away from the seashore, he said.
Barro said two motorized boats boarded by unidentified fishermen were chased by the Bantay Dagat team for illegal fishing but due to the accident, they were able to get away.
A motorized boat of Bantay Dagat in Manapla town was sabotaged by an unidentified man by putting a grinding compound on its machine.
Chief Inspector Edencio Gregorio, chief of Manapla Municipal Police Station, said Bantay Dagat personnel were supposed to chase fishermen-violators at Barangay Tortosa when they discovered the defective motor.
The violators escaped towards Ajuy, Iloilo.
Gregorio said they already have a lead on the suspect’s identify, but they have no witness yet.