Navy sailors rescue 5 fishermen in sea waters off Zambo City

by Chari Santos

While underway from Naval Station Romulo Espaldon to Varadero de Cawit, all of Zamboanga City, navy sailors onboard BA492 rescued five fishermen in the sea waters off San Mateo Point, Sinunuc, the same city at 5 p.m., September 14, 2020.

The troops noticed four fishermen standing on a capsized Banca named MB Elsa 3 seeking help. Immediately, the BA492 crew proceeded to the location and rescued the four after which they were informed that the boat master was still inside the capsized Banca.

Appropriate rescue techniques were applied to retrieve the boat master and coordination was made with the 4th Boat Attack Division and the Naval Special Operation Unit-6 for the deployment of the emergency response team to the area.
The boat master, unconscious upon retrieval, was immediately provided with first aid treatment, and was subsequently rushed to Zamboanga City Medical Center but was unfortunately declared dead on arrival due to Asphyxiation secondary to accidental drowning.

The four others were brought to Camp Navarro General Hospital for proper medical attention and debriefing.
The casualty was identified as Enricky Brocka, 55 Yrs Old and the Boat Master. Survivors were identified as Erickson Broka, 19, Richard Brocka, 30, Oroy Gay, 27, and George Alvarasen, 36, all from Pagadian City. Two of the four survivors are sons of the boat master.
~Press release and photos courtesy of the Western Mindanao Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines

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