Coast Guard responds to maritime incident

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) responded to a maritime incident involving 15 Filipino fishermen onboard capsized motorbanca, F/B Aqua Princess at vicinity waters of Agno, Pangasinan.

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Investigation revealed that said motorbanca went on a fishing venture on 02 October 2020. Five days later, F/B Aqua Princess encountered big waves, causing it to capsize.

Boat captain, Eddy Ariño instructed crew members, Pedro Manalo and Jerby Regala who only acquired minor wounds to use their service boat and proceed to the nearest Coast Guard Station to call for help.

The rest of their fellow fishermen remained clinging to the outrigger of the capsized motorbanca to stay floating in the waters while waiting for rescue.

After three days or on 11 October 2020, fishermen, Manalo and Regala safely arrived at Barangay Cato, Infanta, Pangasinan and reported the incident to the Coast Guard Sub-Station – Infanta.

Immediately, the PCG deployed BRP Malapascua (MRRV-4403) to conduct search and rescue operations and issued Notice to Mariners to alert all transiting vessels within the vicinity to be on lookout and render necessary assistance to 15 Filipino fishermen, if found.

At around noon of 11 October 2020, the PCG Command Center received a message from Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier, M/V Kumano Maru that they have found and safely rescued 15 Filipino fishermen of capsized motorbanca, F/B Aqua Princess at vicinity waters 75 nautical miles west of Agno, Pangasinan.

Consequently, M/V Kumano Maru turned over rescued fishermen to BRP Malapascua (MRRV-4403) at vicinity waters of Quinawan, Bagac, Bataan at around 07:00 p.m. PCG personnel provided them with food and immediate medical assistance.

At around 06:00 a.m. today, 12 October 2020, BRP Malapascua (MRRV-4403) safely arrived at the Cunanan Wharf beside PCG National Headquarters, Port Area, Manila.

After conducting medical screening and health protocols, the fishermen boarded a PCG land vehicle for transport back to their hometown in Infanta, Pangasinan. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD