Wed. Jun 16th, 2021

Units of the Naval Forces West (NFW) have rescued 31 fishermen after their fishing boat sustained damage off Nares Bank in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

RESCUED. Crew members of the BRP Emilio Jacinto rescue fishermen from FB Pauline 2 off the Nares Bank in the West Philippine Sea on Monday (May 24, 2021). The ship and its crew provided medical assistance, food, and accommodation to the distressed fishermen. (Photo courtesy of Naval Public Affairs Office)

In a statement late Monday night, Commodore Donn Anthony Miraflor, NFW commander, said they received a radio report from Jofel Alipustain, captain of the fishing boat FB Española on Sunday saying that fishing boat FB Pauline 2 sustained “hull derangement” in the area and requires assistance.

“Reportedly, FB Pauline 2 had a hole on its freeboard since late May 22, 2021, which began to take in seawater. Immediately, the captain of FB Pauline 2, Placido Asusina, called for a distress signal to alert any boats in the area,” Miraflor said.

The FB Española then forwarded the message to the NFW before proceeding to the area where FB Pauline 2 was located.

The NFW immediately dispatched the information to all of its naval assets. The offshore patrol vessel BRP Emilio Jacinto (PS-35) was the first to arrive at the scene on Monday noon as it was patrolling the area.

The ship and its crew immediately helped the distressed fishermen who were all taken aboard and given medical assistance, food, and accommodation.

“The 31 fishermen are now onboard PS-35 and (are) scheduled to be transported to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro,” Miraflor said. SOVEREIGNPH

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