June 17, 2024

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PCG continues search, rescue to missing fishermen in Batangas

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) launched a search and rescue operation and deployed its multi-role response vessel, BRP Malapascua (MRRV 4403) in search for missing fishermen involved in separate incidents of missing fishermen in Calatagan and Tingloy, Batangas. 

PCG in Tingloy received initial reports from Mr. Catalino Binay, Barangay Councilor of San Juan, Batangas, stating that the Mbca Velocity, carrying two fishermen, capsized during fishing operations near Barangay Makawayan, Tingloy, Batangas at 5PM on 12 February 2024. 

The missing fishermen were identified as Wilbert Binay, (45y.o.) who was last seen wearing dark gray T-shirt, Vneck and dark grey short while Mr Edgar Glen Binay, (42 y.o.) was see wearing light gray long sleeve and dark blue jogging pants. 

Joint personnel of CGSS Calatagan together with the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Managament Office of Tingloy, barangay officials of San Juan and Tingloy Municipal Police Station departed San Juan Wharf to be augmented for search operations at vicinity waters off Brgy. Makawayan and adjacent areas. 

The Coast Guard District Southern Tagalog has advised its Western border to be on the look-out for the missing fishermen. 

On 13 February 2024 at 4AM, Ms Lea Chavez appeared at CGSS Calatagan informed that her nephew, Mr Harvey Gadbilao failed to return from a fishing venture off Barangay Balitoc, Calatagan. 

Further information revealed that Mr. Gadbilao, along with Mr. Johnmar Fronda (19 y.o.) and Mr. Mandy Calimag (24 y.o.), departed from Barangay Sta Ana onboard a Fishing Boat Jazzyly on 12 February 2024, at 8PM. 

Personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station Calatagan promptly activated and conducted a search and rescue operation in the vicinity waters near barangays Gulod, Quilitisan, Carretunan and Balibago, Calatagan. 

Survivors reported that Fishing Boat Jazzyly experienced engine trouble, and encountered big waves leading them to jump overboard, and avoid an approaching larger vessel. 

Passing fishermen rescued Fronda and Calimag, bringing them safely to the shoreline of Barangay Sta Ana around 6:30 AM today. Meanwhile, Mr. Gadbilao, last seen wearing a black t-shirt and black shorts, remains missing. 

CGSS Calatagan has coordinated with Coast Guard Sub Station Lubang to disseminate the report to nearby fishermen and alert Coast Guard Sub Station personnel for possible sightings. 

The Coast Guard urges the local community to stay vigilant and report any information that may aid in the search and rescue operation.