NARRA, Palawan — A fisherman from Barangay Panacan here who went missing in January with three others has been rescued by maritime authorities in a remote island in the port city of Vũng Tàu, the capital of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu province in the southern Vietnam peninsula.
Fisherman Joseph Troyo was rescued on February 23 by patrolling Vietnamese authorities, according to Lemuel Mante, administrative assistant 1 in the office of Narra mayor Gerandy Danao.
Mante said Troyo’s rescue was related to them in a message on Wednesday, March 4, sent by Philippine vice-consul Yagi Olaguera to Vietnam.
“Nag-mensahe sa atin si vice consul Yagi Olaguera na may natanggap silang mensahe mula sa mga awtoridad sa Vietnam na nagsasabing may isang mangingisdang taga-Narra na na-rescue doon sa isang isla. Ang pangalan nito ay Joseph Troyo taga-Panacan, Narra daw siya,” said Mante.
“Noong una hindi tumugma sa atin dahil ang alam namin ay isang Macario Bernal ang hindi pa nakakauwi ngayon na taga-Narra din. Yon pala, kasamahan nila itong si Troyo, siya ang taga-timon ng bangka,” he added.
Mante said there is no word from the Philippine Embassy in Vietnam if Troyo’s companions have also been rescued.
Troyo’s boat reportedly sailed from Rizal town on January 20 to catch fish. However, strong winds and waves destroyed and capsized their boats.
Mante said Troyo is now in a hospital in Vũng Tàu where he is recuperating from his ordeal. The Philippine Embassy will take care of his return to the country as soon as he has been issued a passport.
“Matagal nang hinahanap ng pamilya niya, inakala nga ng pamilya niya na patay na siya. Ang naka-rescue sa kanya ay mga mangingisda din ng Vietnam kasi malayo daw ‘yong isla na ‘yon. Sila na daw ang bahala sa kanya sa pagpapabalik dito,” Mante said.