Sep 26, 2020

WESCOM evacuates 2 survivors from capsized boat in Cagayancillo

Pepito Bernardo (right photo), one of the survivors of MBca Myles 2, is seen being assisted by an emergency medical personnel on board PAF Sokol Aircraft Nr 925 on March 3, 2019. Left photo shows him on a stretcher at the Antonio Bautista Air Base. (Photo courtesy of WESCOM PAO)

The two survivors of a motorized boat that recently capsized in the vicinity of Bonbon Island, Cagayancillo, were evacuated Sunday to Puerto Princesa City by the Western Command (WESCOM) through a Philippine Air Force (PAF) Sokol Aircraft.

Captain Cherryl Tindog, chief of the WESCOM’s Public Affairs Office, said in a social media post that Pepito Bernardo, 41, and Remegio Espinosa, 54, both residents of Tabucon, Romblon, were evacuated on March 3 by the PAF Sokol Aircraft Nr 925 with a medical team on board.

Upon arrival at Antonio Bautista Air Base, they were immediately brought to Camp Ricarte Station Hospital (CRSH) for surgery and further treatment.

At present, they are already stable and recuperating as revealed by their attending physician, Lt. Col. Alekhine Tinio, the commanding officer of the hospital, she said.

Meanwhile, newly-installed WESCOM commander Vice Admiral Rene V. Medina was quoted in the post in saying the WESCOM is always ready to provide assistance to residents who will be in need of their support.

“Western Command is always ready to respond and provide necessary assistance to anyone in times of crises and emergencies. We are committed to ensuring the safety and security of everyone in our Area of Responsibility,” said Medina.

Bernardo and Espinosa were rescued on March 1, the day their boat also capsized, by Cagayancillo fishermen Colin Cayabo and Jegger Bibo in the vicinity of Bonbon Island.

A Coast Guard District Palawan (CGDP) report said they were survivors of MBca “Myles 2”, which capsized after it was hit by big waves while navigating in the Cagayancillo waters.

Another passenger, a certain Pit Jhun who is the son of Bernardo, still remains missing.

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