Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 7 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Fishermen adrift at sea rescued on Christmas Day
By Manolo B. Jara December 27, 2017
 Print    Send to Friend

MANILA: Eleven Filipino fishermen who have been adrift at sea for 13 days when their boat capsized due to storm Kai-tak were rescued by their fellow fishermen off the island province of Samar on Christmas Day, a local official reported on Tuesday.

Manuel Catuday, the disaster rescue officer of the town of Dolores, Samar, said the 11 rescued were among the 16 crewmen of a fishing boat FB Vilmar 1 that capsized in stormy seas when Kai-tak (local name Urduja) battered Eastern Visayas in early December.

Although adrift at sea for less than two weeks and relied only on rainwater for their sustenance, the 11 rescued appeared to “all okay” when brought to the hospital, according to Catuday.

“Their boat capsized but 16 of them were able to hang on for their dear lives by clinging to a big portion of the boat where the big freezer was located that continued to float,” Catuday reported in a mix of Filipino and English.

But as the days passed with apparently no chances of rescue, five of their companions including the boat captain, identified as Freddie Alboro, weakened, lost their grip and were swept away by strong currents, Catuday added, citing the testimonies of the survivors.

He added the boat with its 16 crewmen including Alboro, left the capital city of Tacloban in Leyte in Eastern Visayas on Dec.3 to go fishing in the waters off Mindanao.

The crew were on their way home on Dec.13 when their boat capsized after they encountered strong winds and heavy rain while off the town of Guian in Samar at the height of Kai-tak, Catuday said.

Thus, started a 13-day ordeal at sea with no hope of being rescued until they were spotted morning of Christmas Day by their fellow fishermen off Dolores in Samar, according to Catuday.

Kai-tak cut a wide swath of destruction particularly on the neighboring island provinces of Leyte and Samar including a death toll that totalled close to 50 people, according to officials.

A week later, tropical storm Tembin (local name Vinta) battered wide areas of Mindanao, destroying government infrastructure like roads and bridges, private properties and farms including a total of 240 dead with several others still missing.

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Manila warns drug firm over dengue vaccine mess
MANILA: A Malacanang Palace official warned a French pharmaceutical giant it could still face criminal charges despite its offer to refund to the government $30 million f..
Court orders re-arrest of three Red leaders
MANILA: A Manila regional court ordered the re-arrest of three ranking communist leaders who were earlier freed on bail in 2017 so they could join their comrades in the a..
Philippines volcano sparks evacuation
MANILA: The Philippines raised the alert at its restive Mayon volcano by one notch early on Sunday, citing signs of rising magma that could lead to hazardous eruptions. ..
Duterte’s next target are corrupt local officials
MANILA: President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte has for his next target corrupt local government officials in his determined bid to promote accountability in the bureaucracy, ac..
1 killed, 2,000 hurt in Manila religious festival
MANILA: A jail official became the only fatality while more than 2,000 were injured in this year’s edition of the Black Nazarene religious festival that drew close to eig..
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright