Navy beefs up rescue ops in Cagayan province

by Warren Ryan Revoltar

Philippine Navy personnel from the Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL), and Marine Battalion Landing Team-10 are augmenting the Disaster Response and Rescue Teams (DRRTs) of Naval Task Group Fleet-Marine Cagayan, which is at the forefront of the Navy’s rescue efforts in some areas in Region 2 submerged by the downpour of Typhoon ‘Ulysses’.

One DRRT from Naval Base Camilo Osias composed of 14 personnel and led by Marine Lt. Col Carlo Bubuli is now in Cagayan to assist in the ongoing rescue operation in the province which is currently experiencing the worst flood in the decades.

Said team is equipped with a rubber boat with an outboard motor and other DRRT equipment. Among the team are three corpsmen from MBLT-10 tasked to give first aid to the victims. All personnel in this team, including one reservist, are trained in emergency response operations.

Meanwhile, two Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) trained DRR teams aboard NFNL in San Fernando City and La Union will also be deployed in Cagayan to augment the current inter-agency rescue efforts for the flood-affected families and residents of the province.

The two teams will be equipped with two rubber boats and other life-saving equipment. Some members of the DRRTs are from Naval Special Operations Group-Northern Luzon, who have expertise in WASAR Operation.

They are now on standby and ready to be deployed upon the availability of air assets and fair weather for their airlift going to Cagayan. The teams will augment the current DRRTs of AFP spread out in 12 provinces and 31 municipalities in Region 2. — Philippine Navy

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