Injured American rescued in Tubbataha

American tourist Frances Jean Lewis, 71, is seen in this photo being transferred from P/Y Atlantis Asorez to BRP Nestor Reinoso (PC 380) in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Marine Park on March 22. Lewis suffered a serious left knee fracture after accidentally slipping in the lavatory of the pleasure yacht. (Photo by WESCOM PAO)


A female American tourist was evacuated from the Tubbataha Reefs in Cagayancillo island municipality on March 22 by BRP Nestor Reinoso (PC 380) after suffering an injury while on her live-aboard dive boat.

The US national was identified as Frances Jean Lewis, 71. She was reportedly injured while inside a yacht carrying 20 other tourists that brought them to Tubbataha and needed to be brought to the city for proper treatment.

“The Philippine Navy’s (PN) BRP Nestor Reinoso (PC 380) provided assistance to P/Y Atlantis Asorez, a pleasure yacht with around 20 foreign nationals and guests, southeast off Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park,” Capt. Cherryl Tindog, head of the Public Affairs Office (PAO).

She said the PC 380 skippered by Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Lozaṅes was conducting maritime patrols near the Tubbataha Ranger Station when it picked up a radio message from the dive yacht Atlantis Asorez requesting for medical assistance.

Lewis reportedly suffered from a fractured left knee after she accidentally slipped in the yacht’s toilet and was brought to Puerto Princesa City for treatment.

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