Navy rescue stranded Filipino fishermen

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THE 10 Filipino seamen who were stranded at the Recto Bank, also known as Reed Bank, off the coast of Palawan in the West Philippine Sea, are now safe.

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Western Command spokesman Lt. Cherry Tindog on Tuesday said the fishermen were rescued by a Navy patrol ship after a 17-hour battle with big waves during a daring rescue operation.

“The 10 fishermen are reported to be in stable condition, They are now underway aboard PS 35 and their motor banc is being towed back to mainland Palawan. They are expected to arrive at 2 o’clock in the morning tomorrow,” Tindog said.

According to Tindog, the fishermen’s motor banca encountered engine trouble on the vicinity of Recto Bank last December 5.

Earlier attempts to rescue them failed because the Navy had first used a smaller boat but food supplies and medicines were dropped to them.

According to Tindog, the fishermen could have been fishing somewhere else when their engine conked out.

“We still have to gather info surrounding the circumstances,” Tindog added.

Recto Bank is among the disputed islets, shoals and atolls in the Spratly islands, which is believe to be awash with mineral and oil deposits.

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