Most decorated Philippine Navy Ship rescues 33 passengers onboard a distressed vessel in Tawi-Tawi

by Warren Ryan Revoltar

The Philippine Navy’s most decorated naval vessel, BRP Miguel Malvar (PS19), rescued 33 passengers on Thursday (December 3), at vicinity 8.6 Nautical Miles Northwest off Laparan Island, Tawi-Tawi. Tawi-Tawi, according to Naval Forces Western Mindanao Public Affairs Officer LT Chester Ross Cabaltera.

While conducting Sovereignty and Maritime Patrol Northeast off Lahangan Island, Pearl Bank, Tawi-Tawi, PS19 received information from the 26th Marine Company detachment stationed at Pearl Bank, Tawi-Tawi that an unidentified motorized vessel encountered mechanical failure and has been adrift for several hours.

After searching using electronic and visual means, the distressed vessel was spotted dead on the water in the middle of an established Sea Lane of Communication (SLOC) near Laparan Island, Tawi-Tawi.
PS19 went alongside the distressed vessel later identified as Motor Launch (ML) Uttoh Salon with Thirty-three (33) passengers, including women and children on board. Immediately, the crew inspected the well-being of all passengers and also found out that the tail shaft of the said vessel was completely damaged. All passengers were given potable water and food to prevent further dehydration.
BRP MIGUEL MALVAR (PS19) towed M/L Uttoh Salon together with her passengers en route to Simbay Island, Pearl Bank, Tawi-Tawi, and subsequently turned over to the local community leader of Simbay Island for proper disposition.
Commodore Toribio D Adaci Jr PN, the Commander Naval Forces Western Mindanao, commended BRP Miguel Malvar (PS19) for their valiant deed and assured the public of their Navy`s readiness to respond to the people`s call for assistance in times of need.  — Naval Forces Western Mindanao

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