Wednesday, October 26, 2016

3 fishers from Catanduanes rescued off Borongan, Eastern Samar
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 26 (PNA) -- The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol has been coordinating with authorities in the Visayas after reports reaching it said that the three fishermen from Catanduanes, who were reported missing due to typhoon Karen and supertyphoon Lawin, were rescued off Borongan, Eastern Samar, OCD-Bicol head Bernardo Alejandro said today.

He said the three fishermen from Viga, Catanduanes were afloat at the Pacific Ocean for 14 days before their rescue at 2 p.m. on Monday by a local fishing vessel, some 50 nautical miles off the coast of Sabang North, Borongan.

The three, identified as Zaldy De Jesus,41, Luis Tupig,37 and Reise Del Valle,38, were reported missing on October 11 by OCD-Bicol.

They told rescuers they were on their way home after a fishing trip when bad weather and big waves filled their boat with water and sunk it.

To lessen the load of their boat filled with water they decided to let go of their engine in the hope that other fishermen would see and rescue them.

Alejandro said the three ate raw fish and floating sea weeds and drank rainwater but sometimes thirst forced them to drink seawater that caused them dehydration.

He said after days of floating and on the verge starvation, the three were were chanced upon by a fishing vessel owned by a certain Lito Rosales.

The fishermen in the vessel found the three floating alongside their almost capsized motor boat.

“Upon rescue the fishermen had cracked lips, very dry, and badly scarred skin due to long exposure to the sun and dehydration,” said Alejandro.

Rosales brought the fishermen to Borongan with local government officials headed by Mayor Maria Fe Abunda assisting them.

The three are still confined at the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital but in stable condition.

Alejandro said the ordeal of the three were posted in the Facebook account Quora Bee of Eastern Samar until it was read by OCD 5 and other agencies.

Sr. Insp. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, Police Regional Office Bicol spokesperson, said Sr. Insp. Enesto Montes Jr., Viga chief of police, has been coordinating with Viga Mayor Emeterio Tarin so the fishermen’s families can go to Eastern Samar to be reunited with their loved ones. (PNA) /GVR/JHALLARE/EBP