ZAMBOANGA CITY: Authorities said 17 people, including seven Chinese poachers, were rescued off Tawi-Tawi waters, on Tuesday.
The fishing boat FB King and Queen spotted the Chinese trawler burning off Malugi Island in Tawi-Tawi and rescued the seven crewmen and brought them to Palawan where the fishing boat is based.
Cipriano Enoy, the boat’s skipper, radioed on Wednesday the Mapun municipal hospital in Tawi-Tawi and informed officials there of the rescued poachers.
Jonathan Tiblan, who works at the hospital, told the Coast Guard about the rescue of the Chinese fishermen, whose identities were not immediately available. The Coast Guard said the poachers cannot speak English.
The Coast Guard said six Filipino children and four women were also rescued off Tawi-Tawi waters by the crew of a foreign vessel MV Sabrina who spotted them floating at sea between Sibutu and Bongao towns.
The victims told the Coast Guard that their motorboat was battered by huge waves and capsized on August 12.