Photo courtesy of Coast Guard District - Palawan

The Coast Guard Station in Puerto Princesa City rescued on Wednesday the crew of a fishing boat that sunk off the coast of Barangay Bancao-Bancao.

Lieutenant Commander Christian Jazmin, spokesperson of the Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDP), said they received a report from locals about fishing boat “Ivy” that had sunk due to apparent damage to its hull, prompting them to deploy a rescue unit.

He said its two crew were rescued to safety, as the entire vessel was beginning to submerge.

He said the crew were provided medical assistance and food before they were brought back to their respective families.

“Habang sila ay nangingisda may bumundol sa kanila na something na di nila malaman kung isang malaking isda o logs ‘yon nga po nabutas ‘yong bangka unti-unti silang lumubog at dahil kahoy ang kanilang bangka hindi po sila tuluyang lumubog, half-submerged lang po ang bangka nila,” he said.