TEN people were safely rescued by Philippine Navy personnel when the wooden-hulled boat they were riding capsized off Tawi-Tawi due to inclement weather brought by Typhoon Lando.
Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) Commander Primitivo Gopo said they were rescued hours after it was reported the vessel they were riding, M/L J-Rem, capsized around 10:41 a.m. Saturday in the vicinity of Sibutu Passage, Simunul, Tawi-Tawi.
Gopo said the Patrol Gunboat-383 (PG-383) personnel rescued the passengers and crew of M/L J-Rem around 12:41 a.m. Sunday 17 nautical miles south of Ubian Island, Tawi-Tawi.
Gopo said the M/L J-Rem drifted from Sibutu Passage up to south of Ubian Island due to strong waves spawned by typhoon Lando though the vessel was already half-submerged.
The M/L J-Rem, a passenger-cargo vessel, is owned and skippered by Alano Samman of Simunul, Tawi-Tawi.
Gopo said M/L J-Rem was securely tied to another vessel, M/V Ramona, when the PG-383 personnel spotted the ill-fated vessel.
He said the PG-383 personnel headed by Commander Erlyn Reyes provided the rescued passengers and crew with first aid and hot meals after transferring them to the patrol gunboat.
He said the PG-383 took them to the village of Tubig Indangan in the island town of Simunul.