27 of 33 missing fishermen in Catanduanes rescued

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LEGAZPI CITY, 12Aug2013 (PNA) – Twenty-seven of the 33 missing fishermen from Catanduanes have been rescued by authorities led by the Philippine Coast Guard, Catanduanes Governor Cely Wong said in an interview Monday morning.

Still missing, Wong said, are six fishermen, three of whom are from northern Pandan town and all belonging to the Trinidad family.

She said that despite the warning of an upcoming typhoon, the fishermen went out fishing on Saturday morning and were unable to return home that same day.

When asked as to her plan to prevent similar event in the future, the lady governor said she is thinking of giving employment to the fishermen as “Bantay-Dagat” members to give them responsibility and income.

Meanwhile, Bernardo Rafael Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense Bicol regional director and Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) chair, said in a phone interview Monday that four fishing boats with at least nine fishermen on board were reported missing in Mercedes, Camarines Norte, as of Sunday afternoon.

Alejandro also said a total of 17 persons were missing in Camarines Norte.

The fishing boats with their respective passengers are M/B Erwin (with white and green colors), Nestor Ongog and Jimmy Vargas — both of Barangay 4; M/B Francis (with blue and green colors), Edgar Ongog, from Barangay 4, and Alex Fajardo, from Barangay 6; M/B King Ampoy, Ronnie Gabar and Emman Jalimao; a white banca owned by Isagani Abasula who was with Bong Babala and Crisanto Gutierrez – from Barangay Hinipaan; and M/B 7 Brothers (white colored), owned by Julia Sanchez but the crewmen have not yet been identified.

All sailed out to fish on Saturday morning, according to a report by the Mercedes DRRMC to RDRRMC.

Alejandro also reported that as of Monday morning, the number of stranded passengers in different ports in Bicol, which reached 3,532 as of 3:00 p.m. Sunday, as well as land and sea transport units have decreased after maritime authorities started allowing the vessels to sail as typhoon “Labuyo” headed for Northern Luzon. (PNA

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