Navy rescues distressed boat off Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 September 2015 14:42

Philippine Navy personnel aboard Patrol Gunboat-381 (PG-381) safely rescued a vessel in distress off Pangutaran, Sulu, a top military official announced Thursday.

Rescued was M/L Rihanna 2, a wooden-hulled vessel that developed engine trouble around 9 a.m. Thursday while sailing from this city to Taganak, Tawi-Tawi.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, said M/L Rihanna 2 was rescued after the crew of another wooden-hulled vessel, M/L Fatima, reported to the PG-381 crew that the vessel is in distress.

Arrojado said the crew of M/L Fatima told the Pg-381 personnel that the M/L Rihanna 2’s engine conked out while in the waters off Pangutaran, Sulu.

Arrojado said the personnel aboard PG-381 launched a search and rescue operation after they managed to establish radio contact with the crew of M/L Rihanna 2 “who confirmed that their vessel’s engine has completely stopped.”

He said PG-318 towed M/L Rihanna 2 to safety and “arrived at Warid pier, Jolo, Sulu” around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.