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Monday, June 29, 2009

18 fishers rescued off Zambales

Eighteen fishermen were safely rescued from the seawaters off Zambales over the weekend after their fishing boat went adrift as typhoon "Feria" was exiting the country, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Monday.

Coast Guard chief Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo said FB Ma. Antonia II suffered engine trouble while it was on its way to Subic Pier from fishing grounds off Capones and Zapatos Islands in Zambales on Friday afternoon.

"The bad weather brought by typhoon 'Feria' in the area may have caused the sea vessel's engine to momentarily break down," Tamayo told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

He said the owner of the fishing vessel, Zaldy Chua, immediately sought assistance from the local PCG office in locating and rescuing its crew members.

After almost a day, Tamayo said the PCG search and rescue team found the boat floating near the vicinity of San Antonio, Zambales.

He identified those rescued as boat captain Edelito Empoc and crew members Vico Aguasan, Ronilo Solana, Rolando Lumantad, Lolong Patalinhug, Jhonrey dela Cuesta, Jorlan Libores, Charlie Solana, Jojo Salipod, Lito Empoc, Ed Banes, Rolando Siasat, Boyet Conoser, Roger Onde, Ranil Escares, Junjun Catayin, Cito Masarte and Rubel Lumantad.

"All survivors are in good physical condition and safety returned back home," Tamayo said. By Marlon Ramos - Philippine Daily Inquirer

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3 fishers missing off Zambales, 10 rescued

By Tonette Orejas - Central Luzon Desk

Three fishermen remained missing on Sunday, three days after their boat capsized off the coast of San Antonio, Zambales, amid strong rains and winds brought about by Typhoon "Feria" (international codename: Nangka) on Thursday, police said.

Local fishermen and the San Antonio police have not abandoned the search operations as of Sunday, said Senior Superintendent Rolando Felix, Zambales provincial police director.

The missing fishermen are natives of Subic town, some 60 kilometers south of San Antonio, he said.

Felix said 10 other fishermen from Subic town who were rescued by San Antonio fishermen returned to their families on Saturday.

The 10 men drifted at sea without food and water for almost two days, it was learned.

Their boats -- BIRT and Maria Antonia -- were battered by strong waves a few hours after these sailed out to the South China Sea from the villages of Matain and Wawandue, both in Subic town, police said.

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