Tacloban City, Leyte (PNA) – Eight fishermen were rescued by a private yacht and officers of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) yesterday morning after their fishing boat capsized off Biliran seawaters due to stormy weather.
Lt. Junior Grade Paul Ryan C. Gonzales, station commander of the Tacloban PCG station, said they received a distress call from private yacht M/Y Luvedico informing them about a fishing boat that sank near Barangay Tucdao in Kawayan, Biliran.
“Everyone is accounted for. All of them are safe and were brought to Kawayan town,” Gonzales said.
The fishermen were identified as Marlo Asugas, Randy Rosaros, Elian Dadela, Elwino Uluhan, John Berber, Dan Arnado, Romeo Uluhan, and Margarito Uliga, all residents of Barangay Tucdao.
“While M/Y Ludevico, skippered by Capt. Ronald Salmoren, was transiting the area, they saw the distressed fishermen and immediately rescued them. The PCG personnel from Naval substation immediately assisted the rescued fishermen and were safely brought to the shoreline in Kawayan,” Gonzales added.
He also said the prevailing bad weather condition brought about by tropical depression that caused a disturbance on Visayan seawaters may have swept the fishing boat with its strong waves.
The PCG in Tacloban already issued a warning to the sea-going public particularly fishermen on the possible dangers posed by Tropical Depression “Emong,” now affecting the eastern part of the country.
No storm warning signals have so far been raised, but “Emong” is expected to intensify into a tropical storm within the next 24 to 48 hours which would bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Visayas.