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Three fishermen were rescued off Rasa Island, Narra town on the night of July 16 after their boat capsized due to strong winds and waves brought by the onset of tropical depression (TD) Falcon.

They were rescued by other fishermen in the Rasa area, who were assisted by personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the municipality.

They were identified by Brgy. Bato-Bato captain Ernesto Ferrer Jr. on Wednesday as Armando Cabalhug, 48, fishing boat owner, his son John Kevin Cabalhug, 23, and Jhoneto Miangcas, 25, who are all from Brgy. Caguisan, also in Narra.

Ferrer said the fishermen left Caguisan for a fishing sojourn around 7:00 a.m. on July 16.

He learned about their accident on the same day at 7:13 p.m. after a relative called him for help.

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“Lumubog ang bangka nila sa lakas ng alon at ‘yon na nga napadpad sila sa Rasa Island. Tumawag sa akin ang isang kamag-anak at agad naman nating tinawagan ang Coast Guard Narra mabuti na lang nasagip sila ng kapwa mangingisda rin nila na mula naman sa Brgy. Antipuluan bandang alas nuebe na ng gabi,” paliwanag ni Ferrer.

Coast Guard Substation Narra (CGNS) SN2 Herbert Sabroso person-in-charge said also Wednesday that the quick response action of other fishermen saved the three victims.

“Pagtawag ni kapitan Ferrer gumawa na din kami ng aksyon, ngunit noong paalis na kami tumawag ‘yong asawa ng isa sa mga mangingisda at sinabing naligtas na raw ng mga taga-Antipuluan,” said Sabroso.

Sabroso said the three fishermen floated for around 10 hours after their boat capsized. They were swept by the waves towards Rasa before they were rescued by other fishermen.

All three are in good health condition and are now back with their families.

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