6 fishermen rescued in Quezon

PATNANUNGAN, Philippines – Six fishermen who were cast adrift in the waters off Quezon province were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard on Friday.

A Coast Guard search and rescue team, with the help of several local fishermen, found them clinging to their half-submerged outrigger boat in the waters between Minasawa Island and Barangay Cabangan Norte in Patnanungan, Quezon, around 6:30 a.m.

The rescued fishermen were boat captain Jeoffrey Mabesa, Arnel Roldan, Arjay Roldan, and Rene Bergonio, all residents of Barangay Casuguran in Jomalig, Quezon; and, Maxima Bantucan of Barangay Busdak in Patnanungan town.

The rescue operation was launched after a Coast Guard detachment in Patnanungan received a text message from a Jomalig resident regarding a half-submerged boat drifting near Minasawa Island. 

Mabesa said strong waves struck their boat on Thursday noon, causing it to turn over on its side.  

He added poor visibility and bad weather in the area prevented them from getting immediate help. 

Mabesa said he ordered his crew to tie themselves to the boat and waited until rescue came. 

The survivors, who are in good health, have been brought to Patnanungan town, the Coast Guard said on Saturday.