A multi-purpose attack craft, the MPAC BA-487, was dispatched to conduct rescue operations after Navy personnel learned about a distressed vessel in the vicinity.
Boat Capt. Mohammad Ali Assiong, 58, said seawater penetrated the hull of the vessel which caused the engine to conk out.
The vessel made a distress call which was picked up by the Maritime industry Authority (MARINA).
Nineteen passengers, including the boat captain, were rescued – Arnin G. Jairul, 26; Habibjain U. Manayo, 26; Fatima Santos Ong, 61; Abdulmalik Maulurana, 30; Alsana Maulurana, 41; Eddie John Shun, 25; Moh Elis Utroeglis, 55; Elibel Utoeglis, 30; Ahmel Deedat Isnani, 33; Asri Imbang, 22; Subtal Alih, 24; Akrim Abdulhakim, 46; Suhaili Darkin, 26; Ronnelio Moh. Hassan, 33; Jalil Dandahani, 22; Hja, Diantoy Assiong; 56; Adelie O. Mohammadbakie, 38; Mohammad Said Bennaser, 26; and Assiong.
The rescued were brought to the 4th Marine Brigade headquarters in Luuk, Sulu for medical treatment and transferred to the Luuk staff house.