HK ship rescues 4 fishermen off Occidental Mindoro
MANILA, Philippines – Four Filipino fishermen were rescued by a Hong Kong-flagged ship on Wednesday, July 16.
According to the Philippine Coast Guard, the 4 fishermen – Antonio Bon, Majhon Aballe, Jaymar Selen, and Arjay Mojeco from Sitio Calangigan, Occidental Mindoro – left for a fishing venture in Busuanga, Palawan on July 9.
They were on their way back home when they encountered big waves at around 2 am Tuesday, July 15. Around this time, Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) was inching closer to the Philippines with signal number 1 hoisted over Occidental Mindoro.
The waves broke their motorized boat's rigger, causing the boat to sink off the coast of Calavite in Occidental Mindoro.
MV Pacific Pioneer, meanwhile, was on its way to Mindoro to take shelter as Glenda was approaching the Philippines. The boat spotted the 4 fishermen clinging to their broken outrigger at around 4 pm on July 16, more than 24 hours after they first encountered trouble.
The boat is owned and operated by Hong Kong-based Chaterluck Enterprises Limited.
Coast Guard Port State Control personnel picked up the fishermen at the Manila South Harbor on Thursday, July 17. The 4 are all safe and in good condition and will be brought back home. – Rappler.com