Navy rescues 66 boat passengers off Basilan

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A distressed vessel carrying about 66 passengers en route to Zamboanga City was rescued by a Philippine Navy ship off Baluk-Baluk Island in Basilan on Friday night. Rear Admiral Rene Medina, commander of the Naval Forces of Western Mindanao, said the rescue of the distressed vessel was done last Friday at about 10:28 p.m. Medina said the vessel, M/L Fatimah Devie, was on its way to Zamboanga City from Taganak Port when the rudder broke resulting in a “major steering casualty.” The boat was carrying eight crew, including skipper Capt. Cisar Abdul, and 59 passengers. The Navy’s BRP Iwak (LC289) towed the sea vessel from Malamaui Island in Basilan and arrived at Baliwasan in Zamboanga City at about 1:32 a.m. on Saturday.

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