Navy recovers cadaver off Coco Island Print
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 15:31

Naval Forces Western Mindanao recovered a cadaver of a man floating off the coast of Coco, Lanhil and Sibago Islands in Basilan last Saturday

The body was believed to be a crew member of a fishing vessel who reportedly jumped off the boat within the vicinity of Coco islands.

A Naval Forces Western Mindanao press release said that the cadaver was retrieved by Navy divers last Saturday morning and brought to the Majini Pier at Naval Station Romulo Espaldon, Naval Forces Western Mindanao prior to turn over to authorities.

The cadaver was identified as male, about 5’7 in height and wearing green shorts and a sleeveless red striped- shirt.

The body was said to have been floating at sea for the past 24 hours prior to recovery.

It will be recalled that a report was received by Philippine Navy Lt. Cmdr. Cesar K. Pangan Jr that a certain Mr. Rolan Banua jumped off a fishing vessel within the vicinity of Coco Island in Basilan last March 25.

Banua was an employee of the Lourdes Fishing Incorporated and was said to be on a fishing venture when he jumped off the boat.

Authorities are still determining if the body belongs to Mr. Banua.

Rear Admiral Rene V. Medina, Naval Forces Western Mindanao Chief, said that Team NavForWem stands ready to render necessary assistance and services to the community in its areas of operation.

“Rest assured that the Philippine Navy will remain responsibe to similar situations in the future to be of service to the community and its constituents in the Western Mindanao region,” Medina said. (PR)