3 missing fishermen from Catanduanes found dead

Published October 28, 2020, 6:18 PM

by Jinky Tabor

Three more fishermen, who were reported missing at the height of Typhoon Quinta, were found dead on the coast of Barangay Cagdarao here, on Wedneday, October 28.

(photo via Jinky Tabor)

Reggie Castro, chief of Panganiban Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), said the bodies of Francis Banez, 47; Dante Potenciano, 43; and Joel Potenciano Sr., 41, were found on top of huge rocks in the waters off the barangay. Another Potenciano, Joel Jr., 19, was able to survive.

It was learned that Banez and the Potencianos set sail at 9 a.m. last October 24 to catch fish in preparation for the days that they expected to be grounded because of “Quinta”.

It was on October 25 that Barangay Chairman Jorge Potenciano reported to the Panganiban MDRRMO that they have not yet returned.

Joel Jr. said they were already bound for home when huge waves slammed their boat into huge rocks near the shore of Panganiban town.