Fisher survives 21 days at sea

A fisherman survives 21 days at sea before being rescued (Photo by Sipalay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office)

A 61-year old fisherman from  Puerto Princesa City survived 21 days at sea before he was rescued by a fellow fisherman in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Tuesday.

The survivor was identified as Rolando Warisal, a resident of Bgy. Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City. He was reportedly saved by a passing fishing boat  operated by  certain Roger on October 23, off coast of Sipalay City, Negros Occidental.

In a press release, the Philippine Coast Guard said Warisal went to sea with Sonny Quennio last October 3 for a fishing venture.  Due to unfavorable sea and weather condition they went to take shelter at a payaw (artificial fish sanctuary) near Rasa Island, Narra, Palawan.

While on the shelter, they were battered by big waves causing the motor banca to submerge. Quennio tried to recover the vessel but he accidentally fell on the water and drifted away.

Warisal said  he did know what happen to his Quennio after he drifted away.

He said he drank sea water and sea weeds while he was at sea to try to gain energy.

Warisal was rescued by a certain Roger off the coast of Sipalay City, five hours south of Bacolod City.

According to ENS Peter Matthew Herminado, public information officer of PCG District-Palawan, Warisal was placed under the care of PCG in Bacolod while awaiting transfer to his hometown.

“Kung maganda ang panahon by Sunday dito na sya (Warisal),” Herminado said.

Search is still ongoing for Sonny Quennio as all ships or watercrafts in the area where the incident transpired were advised to be on the lookout of the missing person and Mbca Queen Eunice and to report immediately to the nearest PCG unit.

(with reports from Hanna Camella Talabucon)


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