In the midst of bad weather, 18 people, including four crew members, were rescued from a motorboat in peril in the Sulu Sea.
Twelve people and six children were rescued late Saturday between Bakungan Island, Patikul, and Tambanan Island, Luuk, according to Col. Hernanie Songano, commander of Joint Task Group-Sulu and the 4th Marine Brigade (4MBde).
After receiving a report about 2:10 PM, Songano said a multifunctional attack craft was despatched for the rescue effort. A motorboat dubbed MB Bongarita was in difficulty at sea on Saturday.
“Upon the arrival at the location, MB Bongarita, was being towed by a civilian watercraft. However, the responders cannot withstand the strong wind, which made the passengers of MB Bongarita transfer to MPAC for their safety,” Songano said.
The motorboat was travelling from Barangay Kanaway, Parang, Sulu to Malamawi Island, Isabela City, Basilan province’s capital, when its engine failed after being blasted by the southwest monsoon’s strong wind and large waves, according to Songano.
All of the rescued people were taken to the Luuk District Hospital for medical examinations before being transported to the 4MBde headquarters, where they were helped by the Parang Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.
The commander of Joint Task Force-Sulu, Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, praised the work of the task force’s units.
“Last week we have also rescued passengers from a capsized boat using our Navy’s watercraft. For this, I commend the sailors and the marines for their sustain readiness and dedication to duty that repeatedly saved lives of our brothers in need,” Gonzales said.