The Naval Forces Western Mindanao facilitated the prompt rescue of the passengers of a distressed boat in the waters off Basilan on January 13, 2021.
Mr. Reymar Wee, a resident of Tubig Putih, Luuk, Sulu informed the Naval Task Group Sulu thru a phone call regarding the incident involving his motor launch in the waters off Lampinigan Island, Isabela City, Basilan at around 4:33 a.m.
According to Mr. Wee, the boat captain named Sonny informed him that while en route from Zamboanga to Luuk, Sulu, ML “Queen Shaima 3” incurred a break hole in the hull which caused the water leakage into the engine room.
The passengers were identified as Angelica Sali, female, 19 years old, and a resident of Barangay Upper Calarian, Zamboanga City; Angel Enriquez, female, 21, from Tumaga, same city; and Jasmin Loyola, female, 19 and Erlin Moran, female, 19, both from Sta. Maria, same city.
During the initial investigation, Sonny revealed that they encountered a surge while passing through the area which caused the damage to the boat.
The rescued personalities were brought to Isabela City port and are currently under the custody of the PCG.
~Press release courtesy of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao