Saturday, September 21, 2019

2 boats capsize off Basilan; 2 missing

ELEVEN people, including six children, were rescued while two remain missing as two boats separately capsized off Basilan province amid the inclement weather condition, the Philippine Coast Guard disclosed Saturday.

Lieutenant Commander (LCdr.) Alvin Dagalea, Zamboanga Coastguard Station commander, said nine of them were rescued around 12 noon Friday near Baluk-Baluk, an island village in the municipality of Hadji Muhtamad.

Dagalea said they comprised of three adults--two females and one male--and six children--two females and four males.

Dagalea said they were rescued by a motorboat named Superfadz skippered by Najer Saabdullah of Isabela City, Basilan.

Dagalea said Saabdullah was sailing to Isabela City when the latter spotted and rescued the victims drifting near Baluk-Baluk Island.

The victims departed Dasalan Island, Hadji Muhtamad aboard F/B Jolina en route to Isabela City around 8 a.m. Friday.

They revealed that F/B Jolina capsized around 10 a.m. after they were battered by big waves coupled with strong winds.

The victims managed to stayed together while drifting at sea until Saabdullah rescued them.

They arrived the port of Isabela City around 4 p.m. and immediately proceeded to the Coastguard Sub-Station.

Dagalea said the sub-station personnel coordinated with the Isabela City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and brought the rescued victims to the hospital for medical check-up.

Dagalea said the other two who were rescued and the two missing were all crewmen of a light boat of the Sunrise fishing firm that capsized around 9 a.m. Saturday also near Baluk-Baluk Island.

He said the light boat with four crew capsized after it was battered by big waves coupled with strong winds spawned by inclement weather condition.

He said two of the crew were already rescued by the sister ship of the ill-fated light boat. Still missing were the boat’s skipper and chief mate.

He said they have launched search and rescue operation to locate and safely recover them.

He said coordination and monitoring has also been undertaken in a bid to rescue the two missing crew of the locally-based Sunrise fishing company.

Western Mindanao had been experiencing inclement weather condition the past days due to the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) and with the entry of Typhoon Paolo into country.
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