PCG launches SAR for 10 crews of sunken banca between Iloilo and Antique

August 12, 2010 7:38 am 

MANILA, Aug. 11 — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) launched on Wednesday search and rescue (SAR) operations for 10 persons on board a fishing banca which sank off on Tuesday night between Iloilo and Antique provinces.

Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant, dispatched 10 persons on board the FBCA Salvan of unknown GT/NT which sank around the vicinity of Iloilo and Anini-y, Antique, at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Coast Guard Action Center received information from Coast Guard District Western Visayas, stating that per information received from Coast Guard Station Puerto Princesa, at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, a certain Mrs. Felicisima Atay requested for SAR for his brother Elizaldo Alfreda and nine (9) other crew members onboard FBCA Salvan of unknown GT/NT.

Based on the initial investigation, FBCA Salvan departed Dawahon Bato, Leyte enroute to Palawan for fishing venture at 5 a.m. but due to unfavorable weather and sea condition, subject FBCA sank while transiting in the vicinity of Iloilo and Anini-y, Antique at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

While half-submerged, Elizaldo Alfreda contacted Mrs. Atay thru cell phone asking for help and informing her of their last position and situation.

Upon receipt of report from Coast Guard Station Puerto Princesa, Coast Guard District Western Visayas immediately directed PCG’s BRP DAVAO DEL NORTE (SARV 3504) to conduct Search and Rescue (SAR) operations and departed port of Iloilo with Special Operations Unit (SOU) divers on board.

SARV 3504 departed at midnight and is expected to arrive in the vicinity by 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Coast Guard Action Center upon receipt of report immediately sent Notice to Mariners and attempted to contact cellphone numbers of crew of FBCA Salvan but with negative result. (PNA)

DCT/JES

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