Tago, Surigao del Sur – Army Troopers and rescuer in Surigao del Sur saves the day for five (5) youngsters cast away far from the seashore and stuck afloat in the sea fronting Mabua Beach, Tandag City, SDS yesterday, October 27, 2018 around 04:30 in the afternoon.
The five (5) youngsters who stayed afloat and was stuck for almost an hour in the sea were identified as Quinnie Capistrano, Ivan Tumulak, Riza Maca, Juliann Serano and Jerico Sumadale and all students of Jacinto P Elpa National High School.
According to the rescued students riding in a separate floater (salbabida), they tried to move the floater with their hands when they noticed that they are getting far but tough waves even sway them away farther from the seashore.
The youngsters were rescued when soldiers from 36IB identified as Sgt Chippy Sarinas PA and PFC Jomar Iligan PA while passing by learned that some students were stranded in the sea and could not get ashore, immediately jump and swam towards the stranded students. After few minutes, other rescuers arrived with floaters and help pull the floater towards the shore and successfully rescued the students.
Sgt Sarinas PA said, “We noticed that students are stranded in the sea and needs immediate help. Instinctively, without thinking much, I just swam and felt that I have to rescue the students. Maybe because, I am in the Army and we are here always ready to help. Thank God they are safe now”.
“Dili sayon musalom sa kusog nga balod nga walay life jacket apan ang kasundalohan misalom gihapun arun lamang maluwas ang mga kabatan-unan. Mapasalamatun kita sa ilang dakong tabang og maskin pa sa ing-ani nga sitwasyun anaa sila andam nga musakripisyo para mga katawhan”, Mervin Gelvoza and Bengay Concha, rescuer from Tandag City SERTTS said.
Lt Col Xerxes A Trinidad, Commanding Officer of the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion, commended his troops for doing heroic thing and manifested the true character of soldiery, “I commend Sgt Sarinas and PFC Iligan for the extraordinary effort they’ve done in order to help the students get to safety. That’s the essence of being a soldier, they risk their life so that others may live comfortably.”
Lt Col Trinidad added that the soldiers will be given recognition for their selfless effort in rescuing the stranded students.