The Philippine Navy patrol ship BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) rescued six crew members of a sinking fishing vessel (FV) named ‘Mr. Kupido’ southeast of Philippine Rise at roughly 5 PM on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
PS17, under the operational control of (tag) Naval Forces Southern Luzon, was conducting maritime patrol near Benham Bank in the Philippine Rise when it received a distress call from another fishing vessel named ‘Gabriel Tres’ which initially assisted FV Mr. Kupido and was able to rescue four of its crew but was unable to accommodate six others due to capacity constraints.
PS17 personnel were able to save the half-submerged fishing vessel’s captain and five crew members, all of whom are residents of Real and Atimonan, Quezon. On board PS17, they were given clothing, food, temporary shelter, and medical assistance.
The FV Mr. Kupido suffered hull damage two days ago as a result of large waves, and the crew has been attempting to keep the vessel afloat since then. PS17’s repair and salvage team has already installed floaters and is working on dewatering.
The presence of our Philippine Navy assets in our waters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the quick response of its personnel were able to avert unnecessary deaths, particularly among Filipinos whose livelihood is primarily dependent on the sea.