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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Small vessels still stranded; 6 rescued after boats capsize

TRIPS of small vessels in Negros Occidental bound for Iloilo and Cebu are still suspended due to the gale warning issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geographical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Prohibited to travel since 2 p.m. Monday, January 25, are small vessels, including fast crafts and motor bancas below 250-gross tonnage, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Lieutenant Commodore Ramil Palabrica, chief of PCG-Bacolod, said the suspension of trips will continue until Pagasa lifts the gale warning.

In Cadiz City, four fishermen were rescued by the Cadiz Rescue Team after their banca capsized at midnight Monday.

Rescued were Dominador Areglado, 43; Joemarie Caballero, 45; Joebert Areglado, and Joemar Areglado, 31.

Palabrica said that in Victorias City, Ernie John Bajo and his wife Mary Rose were also rescued by Victorias Rescue Team Monday noon when their motor banca capsized.

Moreover, Palabrica said trips of small vessels from different ports in the province, including those traveling from Escalante City to Tabuelan, Cebu; San Carlos City to Toledo, Cebu; and Cadiz City to Bantayan Island, Valladolid to Guimaras, and Pulupandan to Guimaras are also still suspended.

He said only roll-on, roll-off vessels bound for Iloilo are allowed to travel.

Palabrica reminded fishermen not to venture out to sea amid the gale warning.

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