Petty Officer 2nd Class Renie Apuya, petty officer in-charge of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Calumpang, Masbate, said a search and rescue operation is presently being conducted by the Coast Guard rescue vessel which scoured the vicinity where the fishing vessel capsized.
The PCG authorities in Masbate said that seven out of the 32 fishermen aboard the ill-fated fishing vessel F/B Hope Christi managed to survive while the 25 others remain missing and are now the subject of the search and rescue operation of the Coast Guard in that province.
The survivors were brought to the nearest hospital in Masbate mainland for medical check-up. They were identified as Nestor Dela Cruz, skipper of the fishing boat owned by a certain Ramon Uy of Libas, Roxas City; fishermen Dante Danyos of Bilao, Sapian, Capiz; Joseph Culipapa; Andro Billosillo; Michael Apruebo; Rodolfo Alovera and Michael Obrero, all residents of Roxas City.
Coast Guard authorities said the fishing boat reportedly left Libas Fishing Port in Roxas City on Sunday, July 24 when battered by strong waves while fishing in the vast fishing ground off Masbate shore. (PNA)