2 Negros Occidental fishermen rescued after drifting at sea for 5 days

Published February 23, 2021, 5:11 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Two fishermen from Sipalay City, Negros Occidental reported missing last week were rescued Monday after floating at sea onboard a damaged fishing boat for five days.

Rescued were Alexander Alagao, 73; and Rico Norquia, 57.

According to Capt. Ludovico Librilla Jr., provincial acting station commander of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the two fishermen went missing on Feb. 18 after they failed to go home when their pump boat encountered engine trouble.

Librilla said the machine of their pump boat was damaged which made it more difficult for them to go back home.

He said the fishermen drifted to Mindanao due to the strong water current and strong winds.

Librilla said they were sighted by residents of Sta. Maria, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte where they were rescued Monday, Feb. 22.  Both fishermen were safe and were subjected to medical examination. 

Coordination with the Sipalay city government has been made to transport them back to their home town.