TUGUEGARAO CITY -- A boat operator and his six passengers were rescued after their banca capsized off the waters within Barangay Punta in Aparri, Cagayan last March 29, Coast Guard officials reported on Monday.
Search and rescue teams from Aparri Coast Guard in Cagayan, the Coast Guard Medical Clinic-North Eastern Luzon, and Special Operation Unit-NELZN, trooped to the area after getting a call from Unnele Catulin, 36, of Barangay Larion Bajo here, that they spotted the ill-fated ship off Camiguin island, one of the Babuyan group of islands.
Rescuers saved 38-year-old boat operator Mark Joseph “Jojo” Sambajon and the six passengers -- Alma Grace Duerme, Lenie Erece, Levie Erece, Jessabelle Calanoga, Janin Abuyuan, and an unidentified four-year-old child.
They underwent medical checkup upon their arrival at the Macanaya wharf in Macanaya, Aparri town.
"We were lucky to survive despite the fate that we had suffered. We are thankful to the coast guard," Duerme said.
Upon reaching the mouth of the Cagayan River in Barangay Punta in Aparri, the boat reportedly met giant waves, causing it to eventually capsize. (PNA)