Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Parola-class multi-role response vessel BRP Capones (MRRV-4404) conducted a search and rescue operation on February 6 at the vicinity waters off Tulang Point, Barangay Esperanza, San Francisco, Camotes, Cebu, the PCG said.
PCG said that initial reports revealed that motor banca “Habagat Romeo” with 34 passengers onboard including its crew departed Carmen, Cebu City bound for Consuelo, San Francisco, Camotes Island when it capsized due to strong current and big waves.
BRP Capones deployed from Pier 1, Aduana Wharf, Cebu City upon receipt of report.
“A passing motor vessel “Light Ferry-27” skippered by Captain Herardo Legados and was reported two miles away from the capsized motorbanca when the incident happened, rescued 29 passengers together with BRP Capones,” it added.
“One casualty was recovered by the PCG Special Operations Force divers identified as Neriza Gonzaga who was around 30-to-40 years old while the other casualty was identified as Althea Gonzaga, a 2 year-old baby,” PCG said.
As of noon February 7, BRP Capones is still conducting SAR operations for the three missing children namely: Carel Palomar, 9 years old; Kiven Gonzaga, 4 years old; and Andia de Leon, 2 years old.