Navy ship rescues sinking tourist boat off El Nido


Strong winds and high waves crippled a tourist boat carrying 10 passengers including its crew near Helicopter Island in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, where they were rescued by a responding Philippine Navy ship on Monday.

Captain Cherryl Tindog, chief of the Public Affairs Office of the Western Command (WESCOM), said the tourist boat M/B Cleopatra had broken its bow due to strong waves and was being towed by a speedboat from nearby Miniloc Island Resort when it was spotted by BRP Nestor Reinoso (PC 380).

Hayrone Sulayman, the tourist boat skipper, told rescue personnel they were en route to the Small Lagoon in Bacuit Bay for a private tour when they encountered strong waves.

Sulayman added he ordered his guests to transfer to the boat stern to keep it afloat until rescue arrived.

The tourists were transferred to other boats which had arrived to offer assistance. The ill-fated boat, meanwhile, was pulled to the El Nido shoreline by BRP Nestor Reinoso.

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