Naval Forces Western Mindanao through its Naval Task Force-61’s 3rd Boat Attack Division on Friday, September 10, 2021, rescued 13 passengers and crew of a distressed vessel in the seawaters off Tawi-Tawi province.
Early in the morning, the Littoral Monitoring Station (LMS) Bongao detected a troubled vessel somewhere off the coast of the island province and alerted the 3rd Boat Attack Division, which is headquartered at Naval Station Juan Magluyan in Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi.
According to the NFWM PAO, after getting the call, the Multi-Purpose Attack Craft BA489 was despatched right away to find and help the distressed vessel.
BA489 discovered M/L Farahmae-1 14 nautical miles northwest of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, while underway and establishing communications with the distressed vessel. It was discovered during an assessment of the stated vessel that it had engine issues while carrying 13 passengers and crew members.
The remaining crew stayed behind to await the rescue boat that would safely tow the vessel back to Bongao, while four (4) adults and two (2) children were transferred from M/L Farahmae-1 to BA489.
The rescued people were handed over to relatives who met them at Lamion Wharf in Bonggao when BA489 arrived.
RADM Toribio D Adaci Jr PN, Commander Naval Forces Western Mindanao, praised the officers and men of NTF-61, BA489, LMS Bongao, and the 3rd BA Division for their successful search and rescue operation and urged them to maintain their readiness to respond to maritime emergencies.