PCG rescues 14 passengers, crew of capsized boat near Mactan

June 24, 2009 9:22 am 

MANILA, June 24 — Operatives of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) rescued on Wednesday morning 14 passengers of a motorized boat which capsized near Mactan Island in Cebu after after having been battered by strong winds and waves brought about by Typhoon Feria.

Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant, said there was no casualty as all the 10 passengers and four crew of M/B Jon Jon survived the incident.

The survivors were brought to Barangay Alegria, Cordova, Mactan Island where they were given medical assistance.

The four crew members were identified as Cornelio Albura, 32; Mark Cabenes, 22; Avelino Ojina, 35; and Samuel Rostata, 48, all of them from Tinanglan, Tubigon, Bohol.

The 10 passengers were Violita Toston, 54; Brian Gallon, 25; Mary Ann Gaelon, 37; Janeth Ordenez, 42; Jade Bacon, 25; Elizabeth Abrio, 39; Julieta Garay, 50; Felix Infanso, 29; Samson Bolido, 49; and Maria Roslyn Simbahon, 39.

A report reaching PCG headquarters revealed that M/B Jon-Jon left Tubigon, Bohol and was sailing to Hilatongan, Cebu when it capsized at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The crew and passengers managed to hold onto the vessel that turned over around the vicinity of Lapu-Lapu City. The waves carried them near the shoreline of Hilotangan, Cebu.

PCG search and rescue team rescued the crew and passengers at 5:35 a.m. the following morning.

Tamayo said they intend to question the ship’s captain to get his account following reports that the 14 passengers and crew of the M/B Jon-Jon would have been rescued earlier had the passenger ship that was passing through, answered their call of distress.

The PCG chief said he would order an inquiry to determine if the reports were true. (PNA)

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