29 crew of capsized boat from San Jose rescued

PUERTO PRINCESA—All the 29 crew members of a capsized fishing boat from San Roque, San Jose in Occidental Mindoro have been rescued, the Philippine Coast Guard reported Wednesday.

F/Bca “Finely” was half-submerged when rescued by sister boat F/B Mark Ryan and was towed to Barangay Liminagcong, Taytay, Palawan.

The PCG reported that on the vessel, which left San Jose at around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, capsized about 13 nautical miles northeast Diapila Island, Barangay Teneguiban, El Nido, Palawan.

Rodolfo Quinto of San Roque, Mindoro reported the incident to Coast Guard Station Liminangcong. It overturned some 13 nautical miles northeast of Diapila Island, Barangay Teneguiban, El Nido, Palawan.

Initial investigation showed that the vessel departed from San Roque at around 7 p.m. last Friday to catch fish in the South China Sea.

While navigating towards the fishing ground, they encountered big waves and strong winds. The boat captain noticed that the plywood covering the bow was damaged and sea water entered the engine compartment causing it to stop.

Meanwhile, another vessel, F/V Jonathan, overturned in Linapacan, northern Palawan on Monday.

Thirty-four of the fishing vessel’s crew members survived the incident. Three remained missing.

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