MANILA Military search and rescue helicopters were dispatched to La Libertad, Negros Oriental Saturday afternoon after getting a distress call from a sinking fishing outrigger off Negros Oriental, reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos said over the telephone that the MB (Motorized Boat) "Aga Fe" was loaded with 35 passengers, 10 of them were Philippine Red Cross (PRC) volunteers, and 100 sacks of rice.
Ramos identified the Red Crossers as April Joy Eramis, Paul Benemerito, Justine Benemerito, Anton Keneth Abarques, Karel Kilat, Abito Urod, Job Mascardo, Aaron Benoya, Bern Christian Amores and Jun Mabanag.
Ramos said Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) 505th Search and Rescue (SAR) divers were now rescuing the passengers who were marooned on Tanion Strait, Negros Oriental. He said the incident happened past 2 p.m.
He said the motorized boat was on it way to Negros from Cebu province for earthquake relief operations when the incident happened. The boat was owned by Romeo Lipan of Ronda, Cebu. (PNA)