By Betheena Kae Unite
Six Filipino fishermen were rescued by a foreign bulk carrier ship off Mindoro strait after their wooden fishing boat capsized Saturday, the Philippine Coast Guard said.
The local fishermen identified as Rodrigo Lungay, 56; Gerry Guzman, 49; Efepanio Balete, 35; Arturo Egang, 56; Dunio Delgado, 38; and Mario Lungay, 53, were transiting the area amid heavy downpour brought by typhoon Domeng when they encountered an accident.
The fishermen told PCG personnel their fishing boat “Sister Reds” was hit by an unnamed bulk carrier vessel due to restricted visibility in the area.
The vessel then turned turtle and started sinking. However, a vessel from Hongkong – MV KSL Seoul – skippered by Captain Oliver Wendell Capuli, while transiting the same area where the fishing vessel capsized, helped the fishermen.
According to the Coast Guard, BRP Cape San Agustin (MRRV 4408) was immediately dispatched by the Coast Guard Action Center Manila enroute to vicinity 12 nautical miles off Bayacas, Lubang Island along Mindoro Strait to get the fishermen.