As Tropical Depression “Basyang” pummeled through Negros Oriental Tuesday, personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard Sub-Station in Bais City rescued two fishermen, while one is still missing after their motorized boat capsized in the seawaters of nearby Manjuyod town.
Lt. Junior Grade Donna Liza Ramacho, PCG-Negros Oriental chief and Dumaguete Coast Guard Station commander, identified the rescued fishermen as Noel Delgado, 49, the skipper of the motorboat, and Dave Dante Cadalin, 19.
The missing fisherman was identified only as a certain Warlito, a resident of Basay, Negros Oriental. He was described to be 50 to 60 years old, and between 5 feet 3inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall.
An initial report from the Coast Guard said that at around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, the Philippine National Police in Manjuyod informed the Coast Guard that an unnamed motorboat capsized in the vicinity of the town.
Coast Guard personnel from the sub-station in BaisCity immediately proceeded to Manjuyod to conduct Search and Rescue Operations despite the unfavorable weather and sea condition brought about by storm Basyang, Lt. Junior Grade Ramachosaid.
The Coast Guard personnel were able to rescue the two fishermen hours later but at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, they temporarily called off the SAR operation due to heavy rain, rough seas, strong winds, and poor visibility.
In its incident report, the PCG said that the unnamed motorboat departed around 2 p.m. Monday from Bolisong, ManjuyodforMalabuyoc, Cebu to deliver fish.
At around 10 a.m. Tuesday, the boat and the three fishermen set off again to return to their port of origin, but the vessel capsized in the vicinity of Manjuyodabout an hour later.
Ramachosaid,thePCG resumed its search Wednesday adding that they deployed their water assets while coordinating with the PNP to alert coastal residents about the missing person.
A report said, a body was found along the shores of Negros Oriental but it turned out to be a false alarm, she said.
Ramacho said that they will continue with the SAR operations and will do a sweep of the TañonStrait, that is between Negros and Cebu provinces.
Meanwhile, the PCG will file charges against the owner of the motorboat for violation of its Memorandum Circular 02-13 or the "Guidelines on Movement of Vessels During Heavy Weather".
This states that "no vessel of any type or tonnage shall be allowed to sail except as the situation may warrant, when Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) number 1 or higher is hoisted within its port of origin, intended route, and point of destination," Ramachosaid.
Signal no. 1 was hoisted over Negros Oriental and other nearby provinces as early as Monday.
“Basyang” made landfall in Dumaguete City Tuesday night before heading towards Palawan.
Sea travel to and from Negros Oriental resumed at 8 a.m. yesterday after PAGASA lifted the storm warning signal. *PNA
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