Coast guard searches for 7 fishermen in West Philippine Sea

The Philippine Coast Guard is continuing its search for seven fishermen reported missing since January 14 in West Philippine Sea off Dasol, Pangasinan.

“Nagsagawa ng aerial search ang Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) para mahanap at mailigtas ang pitong mangingisdang sakay ng isang bangka na huling naitala 60-90 nautical miles ng Camaso Island, Dasol, Pangasinan noong 14 Enero 2020,” PCG said January 21.

PCG said that search and rescue mission is ongoing together with Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Air Force (PAF), and Philippine Navy (PN).

The PCG is also set to deploy a vessel for the search mission.

The fishermen were onboard FB Narem 2 skippered by Captain Alberto Roldan. Crew members are Roderick Montemayor, Homar Maglantay, Ejay Dela Cruz, Jerome Maglantay, Larry Legaspi, and Jefferson Bernabe.

Boat owner Christine Macaraig “was able to coordinate with FB Narem 2 through radio communications around 2:30 p.m. on 13 January 2020 and was informed that the fishing boat encountered big waves around 13 feet in height. Their last reported location was at 60 nautical miles off Camaso Island in Dasol, Pangasinan. No further information about their whereabouts was received thereafter,” PCG said on January 20.

“The PCG deployed BN Islander plane to conduct aerial surveillance approximately 60-90 nautical miles off Camaso Island, while the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has deployed multi-mission offshore vessel, BRP Lapu-Lapu to conduct joint maritime patrol and search for the missing fishermen,” it added.