Philippine Navy rescues distressed vessel Print
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 17:27

By Liza Jocson

A vessel of the Philippine Navy rescued a boat  carrying more than 59 passengers  in waters off Basilan province last Friday evening.

The boat, M/L Fatimah, was reportedly heading to Zamboanga City from the Taganak Port when its rudder broke, resulting to a major steering casualty.

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao quickly dispatched one of its vessels, the BRP Iwak to immediately proceed to the area where the boat was said to be located upon receiving the distress signal.

The vessel was rescued at 10:20pm and towed from Malamaui Island in Basilan to the Zamboanga City port.

M/L Fatimah Devie Boat Captain Cisar J. Abdul told Philippine Navy personnel that the boat was carrying 7 crew members and 59 passengers when it encountered trouble.

Recall that the Philippine Navy also rescued another distressed vessel, the M/L Moonlight Sheera last August.

The M/L Moonlight Sheera suffered from machinery derangement resulting from a broken propeller, prompting Navy personnel to embark on a rescue mission to tow the vessel to safety.  (Liza Jocson)