TWO fishermen from General Santos City were rescued in Mati City, Davao Oriental on Thursday, December 2, 2021, after their boat's engine exploded.

In a press release from the Mati City Information Office, the fishermen were identified as 25-year-old John Mark Mamintong and 40-year-old Ceasar Alterado.

The Mati City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) received a report around 11:39 a.m. about a boat engine explosion in Barangay Macambol. It immediately conducted a rescue operation.

It was learned that the victims were loading supplies into their boat along the shore of Macambol when the accident occurred.

Mamintong reportedly suffered second-degree burns on many parts of his body and face and had difficulty breathing. He was readily given a thermal blanket and administered oxygen. Alterado, meanwhile, suffered first-degree burns on the right side of his body with blisters noted on his face, right arm, and right chest.

Both patients were rushed to the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center.