Camp Aquino, Tarlac City – Seven (7) fishermen have been rescued after their boat suffered from engine failure yesterday northwest off Silaqui Island, Pangasinan, Northern Luzon Command confirmed.
Following a report from Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Pangasinan that seven (7) fishermen who went on fishing at 15 nautical miles northwest of Bolinao, Pangasinan were reported missing, Naval Forces Northern Luzon immediately mobilized its troops from Patrol Craft 388 (PC 388) to conduct search and rescue operations.
The crew of PC 388 found the seven (7) fishermen onboard FB Sea Hunter at 13 nautical miles northwest of Silaqui Island. The fishermen were welcomed onboard PC 388 and underwent proper health screening in adherence to health protocols imposed due to COVID-19. The rescued individuals were immediately provided food and water, while their fishing boat was subsequently towed back to Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Capt Francisco G Tagamolila, Commander of Naval Forces Northern Luzon lauded his troops for their swift reaction to the incident, saying that “The quick response of our navy team has helped save the lives of the fishermen. Rest assured that your Navy in the North will remain committed to ensuring the maritime safety of our people on our northern coasts.”
Northern Luzon Command Chief and the concurrent Commander of Area Task Force – North (ATF – North), Lieutenant General Arnulfo Marcelo B Burgos Jr., expressed that “the close coordination among concerned member agencies of ATF – North, the PCG, and the NFNL, and their prompt response to the distress call is a testament of our steadfast commitment of ensuring the safety and security of our fisherfolks while performing their livelihood in our territorial waters.”
He ended that, “As vanguards of the country’s northern maritime territory, ATF – North is mandated not only to secure our sovereignty in the northern territorial waters and ensure freedom of navigation but most importantly ensure the safety and well-being of our fisherfolks while at sea, so as to sustain their livelihood.”
The seven (7) fishermen upon arrival at Bolinao, Pangasinan were immediately turned over by the crew of PC 388 to PCG Pangasinan for proper disposition.