Cruise ship passenger touring Honda Bay figures in medical emergency

A maritime police personnel assists American national Tina Chang onboard Dauntless Boat 007 after rescuing her from Pambato Reef, Honda Bay. Chang reportedly ingested an undue amount of seawater that caused her to cough out blood. (Photo courtesy of 2nd SOU-MG)

An American national and passenger of a visiting cruise ship was rescued by maritime authorities after falling ill while snorkeling off Pambato Reef in Honda Bay Saturday.

A patrol boat from the 2nd Special Operations Unit-Maritime Group (2nd SOU-MG) was dispatched to the area after a 68-year old female American national, identified as Tina Chang, reportedly fell ill and vomited after ingesting sea water while swimming.

Maritime police spokesperson PO2 Primrose Flores said the US national was part of a group of 212 tourists visiting Puerto Princesa aboard cruise ship MV Star Legend.

“While enjoying snorkeling, the victim drunk a lot of seawater that caused her to cough out blood. We immediately went to Pambato Reef after the incident was reported to us by HOBBAI (Honda Bay Boat Owners Association Incorporated),” she said.

Under the command of Superintendent Greg Togonon, Dauntless Boat 007 skippered by PO3 Ysmael Ibrahim was dispatched to conduct the rescue at around 11:20 a.m.

The victim was immediately brought to the 2nd SOU-MG headquarter, where a Kilos Agad Action Center (KAAC) ambulance was waiting. She was brought directly to the cruise ship that was docked at the Port of Puerto Princesa.

“She was already okay when she was brought back to the cruise ship,” Flores added.

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