Fisherman rescued after wading on high water for days

Published June 8, 2021, 8:05 PM

by Dennis Principe

A fisherman who survived a sea ordeal for days by wading through high waters was rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the vicinity of Agutaya Island in Palawan on Sunday, June 6.

The fisherman was identified as Dante Mahilum who went fishing on June 1 despite the threats of Tropical Storm “Dante”.

On June 4, his wife Mildred reported to the PCG Antique that her husband had gone missing as per information she got from Marvin Delecano, a resident of Sta. Teresa, Occidental Mindoro and skipper of FBCA Princess Alexa.

Proper coordination was made with the PCG Stations in Cuyo and Agutaya for the conduct of a joint search and rescue operation.

Mahilum’s boat was seen floating between the waters of Agutaya and Mindoro but no one was onboard.

Mahilum was later on found wading on the high waters of the island after his boat capsized.

Mahilum’s fishing boat sustained a hole that let water into the boat causing it eventually to sink, said Senior Chief Petty Officer Alan Mandado, deputy commander of PCG Antique Station. (With a report from the Philippine News Agency)

RESCUED FISHERMAN. A photo of Dante Mahilum was posted by his sister Dailine after the fisherman failed to return from a fishing voyage on June 1. Mahilum was later on rescued after days of staying afloat in the vicinity of Agutaya Island in Palawan. (Dailine Mahilum/MANILA BULLETIN)
 
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