The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has rescued six passengers, including three minors, of a distressed motorbanca at the vicinity waters off Little Coco Island, Basilan on Thursday, February 17, 2022.
While traversing the vicinity waters off Sibago Island, Basilan, BRP Malamawi (FPB-2403) sighted the said motorbanca that was ‘dead in the water’ for approximately five hours. Immediately, the PCG rescued the passengers and provided them with necessary assistance.
According to the boat operator, they departed from Basilan going to Sacol Island, Zamboanga City when they encountered engine trouble, causing the motorbanca to be ‘dead in the water’.
BRP Malamawi (FPB-2403) towed the distressed motorbanca to the Zamboanga City Pier for needed repairs, while the rescued individuals were turned over to the PCG District Southwestern Mindanao Medical for further assistance.