THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) continues its search for 12 fishermen whose fishing vessel sank off Recto Bank on November 6.
Reports reaching the PCG headquarters in Manila said fishing vessel Three Sisters encountered strong winds and big waves brought by tropical cyclone “Quiel” while returning to its homeport at Barangay Sisiman, Mariveles, Bataan.
PCG spokesman Capt. Armand Balilo said one fishermen, identified as Angelito Epetito Jr., was rescued near Bajo de Masinloc the next day.
“The fisherman said he was separated from 13 fellow fishermen due to strong winds and big waves and he was not able to regroup with his companions,” Balilo said.
The PCG dispatched rescue vessels MRRV 4401 from Manila and MRRV 4404 from Subic to conduct search efforts.
“The fishing boat sank on November 6. It was reported to PCG Bataan Station only last November 11. We will also coordinate with China Coast Guard baka may nakuha sila (they may have rescued some). Meron na kasing (There have been) incidents before na narescue ng (of rescue) China CG at ng passing vessels,” he said.