Navy gunboat tows stranded passenger banca to safety PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:04

Observing the mariners’ code of helping fellow mariners in distress, Navy gunboat BRP Dioscoro Papa (PG-381) towed to safety an overloaded passenger banca whose engine stalled off Tawi-Tawi Tuesday noon.

Philippine Navy (PN) spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna said the M/L Rabson, skippered by a certain Mudap Amidil, suffered engine trouble and was stranded for more than three hours ialong the waters of Sibutu and Sitangkai Islands when it was spotted by the naval vessel.

The BRP Dioscoro Papa was conducting election-related patrols when it spotted the stricken banca which was transporting 120 passengers who just voted at Sitangkai during the recently-concluded elections.

The patrol vessel immediately towed the M/L Rabson to Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.

Some of the passengers were also transferred to the assisting PN vessel.

All of them were also provided potable water, Lincuna added.

“The PN in addition to its tasks for internal and external security shall be an active partner of government in disaster response and relief operations,” he added.