DESPITE the danger to himself, a Philippine Navy (PN) enlisted man saved others before saving himself during the collision that sank the passenger vessel M/V St. Thomas Aquinas off the coast of Talisay City, Cebu on Friday night.
Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, Navy spokesperson, identified S1RD Richard Pestillos, the detailed “seamarshall” aboard the ill-fated ship.
He said Pestillos helped distribute life vests and jackets to the panicking passengers before jumping off the sinking ship.
“But his persistence of saving people did not end there and while on water, S1RD Pestillos was able to rescue and bring to a life raft two children and five adults, before he was eventually rescued himself by the crew of freighter M/V Sulpicio 7. He is now in stable condition at Pier 4 Hotel [Cebu] with contusions at the back,” Fabic stressed.
He added that Pestillos’ heroism reflects the kind of personnel the PN has in its service. PNA