18 missing fishermen rescued and now back safely at home
TACLOBAN CITY— The weather is now fine and worries on at least 18 missing fishermen that got lost in the sea last Oct. 24 during typhoon Ofel is over.
Noel Ligtas, team leader of the BantayDagat, revealed Friday that all the reported missing fishermen have been rescued and are now back in their homes.
According to Ligtas, theteams of Mayor Alfred Romualdez team and the BantayDagat rescued separately a total of 31 persons from different locations- but minus their motorboats and fishing equipment.
Near Dio Island, Romualdez’ team rescued 10 fishermen namely Arnold Solayao, Oca Solayao, Jun Solayao, Quirom Solayao, Aniel Daantos, Joselito Separa, Percival Separa, Julie Bolcasi, Diomedes Omer, and Edgar Maala, all of legal age of San Jose here. They were temporarily hold at the island which is about five kilometers away from mainland Tacloban, and was only transported back to the city late Thursday afternoon (Oct. 25) when the typhoon was over.
At the height of the typhoon last Wednesday, eight fishermen managed to swim ashore and returned home unharmed leaving their capsized wrecked fishing bancas. Ligtas identified the fishermen as Dondon Demicillo, Elly Demicillo, Gerome Raliya, Jonathan Baclea-an, Dodong Verginisa, Enan Monserata, Reo Pindos and Sargie Villanueva. They met the tragedy near the Kataisan Point of the DZR Airport.
BantayDagat lead by Noel Ligtas, also assisted the rescue 13 people at Sinapdan Island, near San Juanico Bridge. Of the 13, five were from San Jose, and 8 were from Brgy. Alegria, Babatngon, Leyte. Sinapdan Island is more or less 10 kilometers from Dio island where they reportedly capsized and destroyed their motorized bancas.
As of press time, Oct 26, Ligtas confirmed that the only missing motorized banca being used for net fishing called “ Hulbot- Hulbot” so far is owned by Licandro Ranido. Its two crews also reportedly made it home themselves. (FRED PADERNOS)
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