Friday, September 20, 2019

3 missing in Negros Occidental after boats capsized

THREE persons were reported missing in Negros Occidental since Saturday after their boats capsized due to strong waves brought by Typhoon Lando, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bacolod City said.

The three were identified as Joseph Perinal, Manuel Tan, and Rosalier Tan.

Imelda Perinal of Concepcion, Iloilo reported to Victorias City Coast Guard Station that her husband Joseph, 46, who was onboard a motorboat, was missing.

The couple arrived in Victorias, Negros Occidental, Saturday noon to sell fruits.

She said that on Saturday evening, her husband contacted her and informed her that his boat capsized in the sea waters of Concepcion.

He was about to transport assorted groceries from Victorias to Iloilo.

Palabrica said the Tan siblings, Manuel, in his 50s, and Rosalier, 40, were also on board a motorboat from Lakawon Resort in Cadiz City when their vessel capsized.

The Tan siblings were working as contractors of a bamboo house construction commissioned by Bacolod businessman Vladimir Gonzalez.

The two were reported missing by their family Saturday afternoon.

The PCG-Bacolod is coordinating with the PCG-Iloilo for the search and rescue operation.

Due to large waves, Palabrica said they failed to locate the missing fishermen as of Sunday.

Palabrica said all trips of the sea vessels from Bacolod to Iloilo and vice versa, and from Negros Occidental resumed around 1 p.m. Sunday after travel was cancelled around 6 a.m.
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