4 missing fishermen from Pangasinan rescued by Panamanian vessel off Ilocos Sur

October 4, 2011 9:34 pm 

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Oct. 4 – The four fishermen from Barangay Concordia, Bolinao, Pangasinan who were earlier reported missing in west Philippine Sea due to typhoon "Quiel", were rescued alive by a passing Panamanian registered vessel on Monday off Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur.

The distressed fishermen were rescued by MV Jurong, which was then en route to Japan within at least 25 nautical miles west of Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur.

The four were identified as Dante Del Fierro, Eduardo de la Cruz, Joseph Caasi and Ricardo Castillo. All were turned over by the vessel to the Philippine Coast Guard and brought to the hospital.

A report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Council (PDRRC) of Pangasinan said the four were on board a motorized banca that capsized when typhoon "Quiel" raged in Northern Luzon last Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) identified the other missing person as Jerry Tapiador, 29, of Barangay Bucao, Manaoag who went missing as he crossed the swollen Angalacan River at the height of the typhoon.

Two persons were reported injured, one from Binmaley and another from Umingan, both in Pangasinan. Another person injured was reported from La Union.

The RDRRMC also reported that a total of 29,459 families, composed of 256,2007 persons, were affected by typhoon "Quiel" in 32 municipalities and three cities in Region 1.

Of these, 2,602 families or 9,969 persons are still staying in 65 designated evacuation centers.

At least 167 houses were also destroyed, five totally and 162 partially, in La Union and Pangasinan.

The RDRRMC also reported that some portions of the Cervantes-Quirino Road in Ilocos Sur are still not passable due to high water level at Katkateng River.

In Pangasinan, the San Carlos-Calasiao Road, Mancup section is not yet passable to light vehicles due to three-foot deep water. The Urdaneta Junction-Dagupan-Lingayen Road (via Zambales) Tapuac-Lucao section is not passable to light vehicles as it is under .40-meter-deep flood.

It is also reported that the Judge Jose De Venecia Sr. Avenue is now passable to all types of vehicles after water has subsided. The Urdaneta Juunction–Dagupan Road in the Banaoang, Santa Barbara section is not also passable to light vehicles due to .30-meter-deep water.

This is the same situation along Santa Barbara Old Road, Maningding Section which is still submerged in .30 meter deep water.

On the other hand, the Barangay Road of Talibaew in Calasiao, Pangasinan is still not passable to all types of vehicles due to floodwater between 1.05 feet to 0.6 meter.

Barangay Lasip; San Vicente; Banaoang; Longos; Pandayan-Gabon road is still not passable to light vehicles due to floodwater up to 0.30 meter.

Also not passable to all types of vehicles is Barangay Road in Panaga, Laoac, Pangasinan, due to damaged road.

In Dagupan, the Lucao-De Venecia Road, Tapuac, as well as the Mayombo-Herrero Perez-Pogo Grande-Pogo Chico road is still not passable to light vehicles due to estimated 0.60-meter floodwater.

The barangay roads in Lasip Chico, Lasip Grande, Bacayao Norte, Bacayao Sur (riverside) and Malued in Dagupan City are also still not passable to all types of vehicles. (PNA)

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