THE Philippine Navy has rescued 38 local tourists stranded by bad weather at Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga City.
Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) commander Rear Admiral Isabelo Gador on Monday said that among those rescued were two infants and eight members of the Philippine Army.
Gador said the Navy vessesl were at sea conducting search and rescue exercise when it received a report that a number of local tourists were stranded in the said island, a local tourist spot in Zamboanga City.
“The naval exercise turned real as the two multi-purpose attack crafts undertook the rescue mission on the 38 stranded local tourists,” Gador said.
According to Gador, the incident happened at a time when elements of the NFWM were conducting search and rescue training in connection with the “Pagsasama” 2013 sea exercise.
“The timely rescue and assistance rendered by the two vessels that braved the bad weather condition led to the successful accomplishment of their mission,” he added.