PCG responds to capsized motorbanca in Masinloc, Zambales

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has responded to a maritime incident involving a distressed motorbanca that capsized with seven passengers.

The incident happened while the motorbanca was enroute from San Salvador Island to Barangay South Poblacion, Masinloc, Zambales on March 12, 2021, the PCG said.

The PCG rescued 2 passengers, while 5 passengers were jointly rescued by two transiting motorbancas.

The PCG said that according to the rescued individuals, they encountered rough seas that caused severe damages to the boat’s outrigger, causing it to capsize at the vicinity waters 200 meters off Barangay South Poblacion.

Rescued passengers were reunited at the Coast Guard Sub-Station Masinloc where they received further assistance.

The distressed motorbanca was towed to the nearest shoreline for needed repair.