Fisherman saved in freak accident in West PH Sea

A fisherman who met with an accident and suffered a serious head injury while fishing in the West Philippine Sea has been rescued by the Philippine Navy, the military reported on Tuesday.

Glenn Dineneng, 30, was fishing with the crew of F/B Edxel near Sabina Shoal in Kalayaan Island Group in Palawan on October 4 when he accidentally slipped and fell from the fishing boat. 

He sustained a long cut on the left side of his head after he hit the propeller of the boat, said a report from the Naval Forces West (NFW). 

The report said Dineneng was given first aid by his fellow fishermen but he was observed to be weak due to the continuous bleeding of his head.

The unnamed boat captain made a distress call and was able to contact Littoral Monitoring Station (LMS) Ayungin at BRP Sierra Madre (LS57), who relayed the message to the NFW Operations Center in Barangay Macarascas in Puerto Princesa City.

F/B Edxel transported Dineneng to Ulugan Bay in Puerto Princesa City where he was received by medical personnel from the Naval Installation and Facilities-West.

The medical team gave initial intervention and transported Dineneng to Ospital ng Palawan for further medical attention, the report said.

"The Naval Forces West is ready to respond any given emergency situation. As the defenders of the western frontier, the NFW is also entrusted to ensure the safety and security of the Filipino fishermen in the area," said Commodore Renato David, commander of NFW.

Sabina Shoal is an atoll or a ring-shaped sandbank located northeast of the Kalayaan Island Group. 

Filipino fishermen frequently fish in the area due to its rich resources and marine life.