Navy boat rescues distressed vessel PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 16:55

TAWI-TAWI – A navy vessel, BRP Miguel Malvar (PS19), rescued a motor launch vessel M/L Virginia with seven crew and 60 passengers onboard some 4.8 nautical miles northwest  off Pagasinan, Simunul Island, Tawi-Tawi. 

The vessel departed Sipangkot Island and bound for Lamion Pier, Bongao when it incurred derangement on her main propulsion.

According to a Navy report, upon receiving a distress call from the M/L Virginia, the Naval Task Force 62, based in Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi, directed PS 19 to conduct search and rescue operation for the distressed vessel amidst rough seas and strong wind prevailing in the area.

Based on the initial assessment, the vessel was listing in port due to big waves and its crew were observed bailing out water using pails in an attempt to trim the vessel while the hapless passengers, some throwing up over the sides because of the violent rolling and pitching were anxiously waiting for help. 

Interview conducted by PS19 with the crew confirmed that their main engine incurred technical problem and that they were already more than four hours dead-on-water. Some of the passengers were already terrified because of the big waves which may cause the vessel to capsize and the dreaded possibility of staying overnight at sea without adequate provisions.

The  passengers included 28 adult male, 20 adult female, 5 male children and 7 female children
PS19, skippered by Cdr. Ernesto O. Baldovino immediately rendered necessary assistance to the vessel particularly on the basic needs of the passengers. 

M/L Virginia was towed and arrived Lamion Pier, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi safe and sound.
The Naval Forces Western Mindanao will continue to perform its mandated duties as guardian and protector of life and properties at sea in Western Mindanao.