CEBU CITY (Updated) -- All 27 passengers and crew were rescued from a motor banca that capsized last Friday night (October 16) on its way to Pasil, Cebu City. The crew of two passing vessels saved their lives.
One of their rescuers, Rudyard Payusan, 48, lost his foot after it got caught in the thick rope that he used to tie the banca to a cargo ship.
Payusan is chief mate of the LCT Crescent, which was the first vessel to pass by the area. The banca’s passengers and crew also received help from the M/V Filipinas Dinagat.
Chase Cokaliong, vice president and human resource manager of Cokaliong Shipping Lines, said that the company ordered the captain of Filipinas Dinagat to rescue all those aboard the M/B Mansan. They were informed about the situation at 7:04 a.m. Saturday (October 17).
“We were informed there were people in the water and holding on to the debris of the motor banca. At past 9 a.m. or after two hours, all the victims were rescued alive,” Cokaliong said.