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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 15, 2018
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3 fishermen survive
7-hour ordeal at sea

Three fishermen, one near death, were rescued Saturday afternoon after hanging on to makeshift rafts for nearly seven hours about 1 kilometer from the Old Sagay Port in Sagay City, Wally Afuang, Sagay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer, said yesterday.

Rescued were Randy Lobaton, 31, Ricky Beronia, 43, and Elizar Cumla, 24, of Sagay City. They sustained bruises, their blood pressure was high and doctors said if Cumla had not been rescued he would have died within an hour, Afuang said.

They were on board fishing boat Miken 2 that had left the Old Sagay Port at about 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and when they returned Saturday morning, big waves pushed them back into the sea as they were about to dock, he added.

As their boat neared the Old Sagay Port to dock, it was pushed back by big waves and wrecked.

The three fishermen used some parts of the wrecked boat as makeshift rafts as they were waiting to be rescued, Afuang said.

The boat was owned by Florita Chavez of Old Sagay.

Afuang said there were reports that three boats had passed by the fishermen hanging onto the makeshift rafts but did not stop to help.*CPG



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