5 badjaos rescued after two- day ordeal at sea PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 August 2011 17:22

With unstable weather condition, the Office of Civil Defense-9 (OCD) warns seafarers, fishermen and people in coastal and low lying areas in the region to listen to weather forecast and mind warnings to save their lives and properties from storm and natural calamities.

OCD-9 through Dir. Aniano Fuego made this call as five badjaos were rescued by fishermen in Barangay Buluan, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.
The victims were believed to be floating in sea and trying to survive for two days after their boat was destroyed by big waves Tuesday night.

Dr. Ramil Ignacio of the Municipal Health Office in Ipil and who was one of the people who rescued the victims said the latter experienced extreme hunger and thirst during the time that they were floating in the middle of the sea.

“We can see all of them dehydrated, can’t even totally move because of hunger and thirst which drained their body’s energy. These people could die if medical attention is delayed,” Dr. Ignacio said.

The victims were identified as Masayari Gadjali, his wife Sinana and children Dolfo, Alma and Dahol. Dolfo and Alma were both married, while Dahol is about 8-12 years old.

In an interview Dolfo narrated that they boarded their small banca Tuesday morning in Zamboanga City going to their hometown in the municipality of Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay. By nightfall, big waves spawned by storm struck their banca which was destroyed.

Sandara and Salma who are four-year-old grand children of Gadjali are still missing as of press time.
Ipil’s Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) and MHO personnel immediately attended to the basic needs of the victims. — PIA