Philippine Navy Naval Forces West (NAVFORWEST), through BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), on February 19 fetched from Parola Island, West Philippine Sea (WPS) two Filipino fishermen who were rescued by the Vietnamese Navy stationed in Son Ca Island (Sand Cay), WPS last February 9.
Filipino fishermen were identified as Conrigal Mandarcos, 30 years old, and Reynante Mandarcos, 34 years old, residents of Brgy. Buri and Pakiwan, San Jose, Occidental Mondoro. They were part of the crew of Fishing Vessel (FV) Thanksgiving 5.
On February 18, the two were transported from Son Ca Island via a Vietnamese vessel to Parola Island, one of the Philippine-occupied Islands in the WPS wherein they were formally received by the Philippine Navy personnel at the detachment.
Less than two weeks after the incident, the two fishermen, were received by Headquarters Naval Forces West to undergo assessment of their physical and medical condition. Initial assessment showed that they were in good physical condition. On Feb. 25 2019, the two fishermen escorted by NavForWest personnel were able to arrive safely in San Jose, Mindoro where they were warmly welcomed by their families.
Initial interview revealed that the two fishermen were allegedly being maltreated on board FV Thanksgiving 5, which forced them to jump into the sea and swim to the nearest island (Sand Cay Island) where they were subsequently rescued by the Vietnamese Navy personnel.
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