Monday, October 19, 2015

Navy rescues 10 people off Tawi-Tawi

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 19): Navy rescues 10 people off Tawi-Tawi

The Philippine Navy has safely rescued on Sunday 10 people off Tawi-Tawi as the wooden-hulled vessel they were riding capsized due to inclement weather spawned by Typhoon "Lando".

Rear Admiral Primitivo Gopo, Naval Forces Western Mindanao commander, said they were rescued hours after 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 personnel aboard Patrol Gunboat-383 (PG-383) 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.

“Due to strong waves and tides brought by typhoon Lando, the half-submerged M/L J-Rem was drifted from Sibutu Passage up to south of Ubian Island,” Gopo explained.

He 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 Cdr. 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 Barangay Tubig Indangan in the island town of Simunul, Tawi-Tawi.

He said M/L J-Rem is owned and skippered by Alano Samman of Simunul.

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