(Photo courtesy of 2nd Special operations unit maritime group)

Some 16 tourists and fishermen were rescued by personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group (2nd SOU-MG) in different areas in Palawan as strong winds and waves enhanced by Tropical Storm (TS) Hanna batter the province.

On Saturday, 12 foreign and local tourists were rescued by the 2nd SOU-MG off the coast of Starfish Island, Honda Bay, Barangay Sta. Lourdes in Puerto Princesa City.

P/Lt. Aldin Brogarolas said Monday that at around 12:30 p.m. on August 3, a joint team conducted a search and rescue operation for motor banca “Love-love” which reportedly sank while carrying 12 foreign and local tourists.

“May tumawag sa atin dito na kababayan natin na may isang bangka na nangangailangang i-rescue dala nga ng sama ng panahon kaya ito humingi sila ng tulong,” he said.

On Sunday, four fishermen were also rescued from their capsized boat off the coastal waters of Barangay Tinitian, Roxas municipality.

Based on the report of the Coast Guard Station-Roxas, they immediately conducted search and rescue operations to look for the fishing boat “Lady Jenny”.

The report said the fishermen were set to go home on Friday but their boat sunk because of strong winds and waves.

They abandoned the boat and swam towards the shore.

As of this writing, the boat is on Green Island in Roxas municipality, while the fishermen are in good condition.

Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDP) spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Christian Jazmin reminded the public to follow the advisories they are issuing, including the suspension of sea travels for their own safety and to avoid any untoward incident at sea.

“[The] same pa rin kapag may bagyo, alert lahat ng stations and sub-stations. All assets of the PCG were also deployed to make them available once they are needed during times of emergency. Our personnel and staff are also on standby to respond to any incident. We are also coordinating with the barangays na wala na munang bibiyahe dahil sa bagyo,” he said.

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