Man survives almost 2-hour ordeal at sea PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 September 2014 14:21

A 32-year-old man survived after almost two hours at sea off Sta. Cruz Island after he was allegedly pushed by an unidentified person from aboard a motorlaunch that was heading for the Zamboanga City port from Sabah, Malaysia early yesterday morning.

Police said Rey Christopher Coronel, married, of Barangay Ayala, this city and his uncle Anthony Coronel were aboard M/L Radzmina that sailed from Sabah. When the boat reached the Basilan Strait near Sta. Cruz Island,  somebody pushed Rey Christopher who fell into the sea.

Coronel told the police that when he entered the vessel’s comfort room, it was dirty, so he decided to get water from the sea to get rid of the dirt, and while doing so, he felt somebody approached and later pushed him from behind.

Coronel said it was 4:30 a.m. when he fell into the water. “I did everything to save my life,” he said..

Around 6 a.m., Coronel was fished out of the water by persons aboard a pumpboat. He was transferred to a Philippine Navy boat that brought him to  shore.

Coronel’s uncle Anthony who was also aboard the same boat told the police that he was also punched and threatened by an unidentified person. – Dan Toribio Jr.