Cebu City (25 October) -- Nine survivors including two children were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Catbalogan, Samar early this week when their motor banca capsized off the waters of Rawis Point in Lao-ang, Northern Samar due to strong winds.
In a report submitted to PCG - Visayas Command Head Commodore Edmund C. Tan, the survivors were on board an unregistered motor banca Arjelene last Monday, October 22 at 9:00 a.m. when the incident happened.
Upon investigation, the operator of the motor banca said that while navigating from Barangay Kandawid en route to the Port of Lao-ang, the banca that was also loaded with 56 sacks of copra encountered heavy winds and was battered by big waves that caused it to capsize.
Rescued were Gaudencio Bad, 56 years old; Jumel Mendoza, 25; Edgar Acebuche, 25; Nerry Nobio, 40; Michelle Mengolio, 17; Julie Mendoza, 23; Riza Giray, 17; Geonelle Mendoz, 4; and Rica Nobio, three years of age. The survivors were all residents of Barangay Kandawid while only 16 sacks of copra were recovered.
All the survivors were immediately brought to Coast Guard Clearing Outpost in Lao-ang and were provided with food and clothing.The survivors did not suffer serious physical injuries and after knowing that no medical assistance was needed, the survivors were permitted to go home and provided assistance for their return trip to their respective residences. (PIA-Cebu/FCR)