The Philippine Navy’s (PN) BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) fetched from Parola Island in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) the two Filipino fishermen who were earlier reported to have jumped from FV Thanksgiving 5 after experiencing maltreatment from the head of the crew.
In a post on February 28, the Naval Forces West (NAVFORWEST) said Conrigal F. Madarcos, 30, and Reynante F. Madarcos, 34, were fetched by BRP Ramon Alcaraz from Parola Island, a Philippine-occupied area in the WPS on February 19 after they were turned over by the Vietnamese Navy (VN) that rescued them in Son Ca Island (Sand Cay) on February 9.
The two are residents of Barangays Buri and Pakiwan in San Jose municipality, Occidental Mindoro.
Last February 18, the two were transported from Son Ca Island via a Vietnamese vessel to Parola Island, where they were formally received by the Philippine Navy personnel at the detachment.
“Less than two weeks after the incident, the two fishermen were received by NAVFORWEST to undergo assessment of their physical and medical condition,” the NAVFORWEST said on its post.
Initial assessment showed that they were in good physical condition.
On February 25, 2019, the two fishermen escorted by NAVFORWEST personnel were able to arrive safely in San Jose, Mindoro where they were warmly welcomed by their families.
In an interview, the Madarcoses said they were forced to jump into the sea and swim to Son Ca Island where they were rescued by personnel of the Vietnamese Navy.
The two are now back with their families in Occidental Mindoro.