BiliranIsland.com Staff
BiliranIsland.com
First Posted 10:30:00 03/31/2021
Photos courtesy of Byahewithpaa and Biliran Island contributors

Capoocan, Leyte – Twenty-five passengers that included 10 minors, on board two motorized bancas were rescued when one of the motorized banca capsized after being dragged by another boat passed 6:00 in the evening yesterday Tuesday (Mar 30) along the seawater off Capoocan, Leyte.

Police reports disclosed that at around 7:00 in the evening yesterday Capoocan police received a phone call from Cabucgayan, Biliran police informing that a motorized banca capsized in their area. Capoocan police immediately responded the said report and conducted seaborne patrol to the area to verify the veracity of the report.

Initial investigation revealed that three motorized banca were navigating from an island in Capoocan going home to Cabucgayan after having a birthday celebration. Accordingly, one of the motorized banca owned by Renato Makirang with more or less 14 passengers dragged the other motorized banca skippered by Bertram Enriquez due to engine malfunction. The investigation added that the dragged motorized banca skippered by Bertram accidentally capsized due to heavy waves.

The responding rescuers from the Capoocan Municipal Police and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Office rescue group conducted seaborne rescue operation which resulted in the successful retrieval of said persons.

The rescued passengers were brought to Rural Health Unit of Cabucgayan, Biliran for immediate physical assessment. The rescue operation ended with no casualty reported.

The survivors were indentified as 1. Renato Makirang, 30 y/o, res. of Brgy Libertad, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 2. Maria Prices Ann Makirang, 4 y/o, res. of Brgy Libertad,Cabucgayan, Biliran; 3. Bebelyn Inriquez, 18 y/o, res. of Brgy Libertad, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 4. Evelyn Valles, 17 y/o, res. of Brgy Libertad, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 5. Richard Carbo, 27 y/o, res. of Brgy. Baso, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 6. Margie Agang, 16 y/o, res. of Brgy Libertad, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 7. Vedalyn Inriquez, 16 y/o, res. of Brgy Libertad, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 8. Erica Cacharo, 18 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga Cabucgayan, Biliran; 9. Rose Ann luna, 18 y/o, res. of Brgy Magbangon, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 10. Angelica Niñada, 16 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran;
11. Christian Tequillo, 18 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 12. Mary Jane Cacharo, 23 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 13. Jerlyn Gala, 17 y/o, res. of Brgy Julita, Biliran, Biliran; 14. Eerly Cris Tequillo, 26 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 15. Edito Tequillo, 28 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 16. Elremark Tequillo, 22 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 17. Romel Palconit, 22 y/o, res. of Brgy. Baso, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 18. Aira loquez, 19 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 19. Geralyn Moncada, 17 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 20. Daisy Tibes, 18 y/o, res. of Brgy Baso, Cabucgayan, Biliran;
21. Eugene Cabia, 17 y/o, res. of Brgy Balaquid, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 22. Cherry Lungcayana, 17 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 23. Jessa mae Loquez, 17 y/o, res. of Brgy Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran; 24. John Mark Barcelona, 17 y/o, res. of Brgy Balaquid, Cabucgayan, Biliran; and 25. Jonathan Sanico, 25 y/o, res. of Brgy Libertad, Cabucgayan, Biliran. – BiliranIsland.com

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