Six newsmen rescued after their banca capsized off Bataan

July 18, 2010 11:50 am 

MANILA, July 17 — Six mediamen who belong to two top television networks survived after their motorbanca capsized off Limay, Bataan on Saturday morning.

The media personnel belonging to GMA -7 and ABS-CBN-2 were subsequently rescued by personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The rescued media personnel were identified as Emil Sumangil, reporter; Willy Caay, camera man and Rico Marlo Bawa, assistant cameraman, all of GMA-7.

Also rescued were reporter Nico Baua, cameraman Rommel Hernael and assistant cameraman Ranny Degubaton, all of ABS-CBN 2.

The mediamen were rescued by personnel of Bataan PCG under station commander Lieutenant Geronimo Tuvilla .

They rented a motorized banca to record footage of one of the vessels that ran aground at the height of typhoon "Basyang."

An unnamed PCG guide accompanied the media personnel and their banca capsized at 11 a.m. while they were taking footages of the M/T George.

The banca carrying the media were 30 meters away from the shoreline when it capsized, sending all passengers to fall to the sea.

PCG personnel and the crew members of M/T George, who were nearby the vessel that ran aground responded.

The mediamen were subsequently rescued and Caay reportedly sustained injuries.

Sumangil claimed that he was wondering why the banca capsized as when the water was calm at that time.

The PCG said that the motorized banca was also towed to shore and the outriggers were still intact. (PNA) V3/RMA/JES


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