NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – Heavy rains and strong waves have hampered the search and rescue operations for 7 missing fishermen from Victorias City.
They have not been found for 3 days now, after their motorized fishing boat capsized between the waters of Islas de Gigantes in Panay and Madridejos town in Bantayan Island in Cebu on Thursday, July 2.
Lieutenant Commander Ramil Palabrica, head of the Philippine Coast Guard-Bacolod, said that search and rescue operations were called off Sunday afternoon, July 5, due to bad weather caused by Tropical Storm Egay.
He said the operations, led by Coast Guard Cebu and Iloilo, will resume as soon as the weather improves.
He said that the fishermen’s boat, Inday Sweet, left Victorias City on June 30 to fish in Masbate. They were on their way home when their boat sank due to strong waves late Thursday.
Their last communication with fishing boat owner Ana May Claro of Barangay 6-A, Victorias City, was at about 4:30 pm on Thursday. They informed her that they have encountered engine troubles.
Palabrica identified the fishermen as skipper Johnrey Vergara, and crewmen Antic Celeste, Gerry Bangalisan and Norberto Patriarca. The others were only known as Jomar, Abel, and Jimboy. Palabrica said the fishing boat owner wasn’t able to provide their last names.
Palabrica gave assurances they are doing their best to find the missing fishermen. – Rappler.com