In this hazy contributed photo, an arrow points to Robert Valdez' overturned boat.

A fisherman whose boat capsized off Kalayaan town in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) was rescued on September 12, the Naval Forces West (NFW) said.

Fisherman Robert Valdez, a resident of Barangay Pag-asa, was rescued by Navy personnel after his small boat drifted far from the shore and capsized due to a squall or sudden strong gust of wind, a statement sent by Lt. Commander Cecilio Genis of the NFW’s public affairs office said Monday.

The statement said a certain Larry Hugo reported about Valdez went missing on September 12 after sailing on the eastern part of Pag-asa to fish.

Thinking Valdez drowned after his boat capsized, Hugo asked for the help of the navy and some Coast Guard personnel and found the fisherman on the shore.

Investigation disclosed that Valdez was fishing so400 yards East of Pag-asa when big waves hit his boat and caused it to keel over.

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