Sea accidents occur in Cebu, Tawi-Tawi amid New Year celebrations

Published January 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Betheena Unite

Several sea incidents including a capsized motorbanca and operations to rescue a foreign fisherman and a Japanese tourist kept the Philippine Coast Guard busy during the New Year revelries until Thursday.

Twenty-four passengers were rescued from capsized motorbanca “Poseidon 2” off Naga City in Cebu on New Year’s Day.

According to the Coast Guard District in Central Visayas, “Poseidon 2” was traversing the vicinity waters off Naga City when it was battered by strong winds and big waves, causing it to capsize. All passengers and crew were later rescued and brought to Naga Port. No one was reported injured.

Meanwhile, an injured crew member of a Vietnamese vessel with bow number KG91679TS was rescued by a team from the Coast Guard Station in Western Tawi-Tawi on the last day of 2019.

A fisherman identified as Dang Canh was found with a broken right limb and leg during the vessel inspection. He was later transported to the nearest medical facility by the Philippine Air Force, the Coast Guard said.

If the two rescue operations were successful, it was a different story for a Japanese national who succumbed to an undisclosed condition while snorkeling in Oslob, Cebu Thursday morning.

According to snorkeling guide Airi Hemeno, Marinubo Kuriyama, 52, suddenly felt ill in the middle of the recreational activity. A few moments later, he experienced difficulty breathing, then blood streamed from his nose and mouth, the Coast Guard said.

A Coast Guard rescue team got him out of the water, attempted to revive him, and brought him to the Oslob District Hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival.