Three local fishermen who went missing for three days were rescued after they were sighted by the crewmen of a foreign cruise ship in Occidental Mindoro, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Saturday, May 8.
In an incident report, personnel of the PCG District Southern Tagalog received a phone call from a foreign cruise ship MS Charming about a drifting motorbanca FBCA Edgar with three fishermen on board in Lubang, Occidental Mindoro at around 5:39 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.
The PCG Station Occidental Mindoro activated a search and rescue (SAR) team but failed to reach the target vicinity waters due to unfavorable weather condition.
While waiting for rescue, the PCG said the cruise ship watched over the distressed motorbanca to ensure the safety of its passengers.
The cruise ship informed the PCG Station Occidental Mindoro that the drifting fishing boat reached 65 nautical miles west off Calavite Point, Palauan, Occidental Mindoro at around 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 8.
With the assistance from Occidental Mindoro Congresswoman Josephine Ramirez – Sato and vessels LMS Cabra, MV RB Leah, and MV Banton Pearl, they safely reached the distressed motorbanca and fishermen at around 6:30 p.m.
The local fishermen said they encountered engine trouble, causing them to drift for three days when the foreign ship sighted them.
Upon arrival at Tilik Port in Lubang, Occidental Mindoro, the rescued fishermen underwent swab test for their safety and received further medical assistance.