Coast Guard Zambo warns on rough seas PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 February 2011 15:57

The commander of Coast Guard Station in Zamboanga has advised residents particularly local fishermen to avoid the sea amid the inclement weather now being experienced for four days now.

In a radio interview, Capt. Perfecto Eden said his station is currently monitoring all the coastal villages  in the city and has been discouraging fishermen particularly those using small motorized boats to go out fishing.

Eden said that due to the unpredictable weather condition, the sea is currently experiencing choppy waves which is dangerous for fishermen using all types of fishing vessels.
Two fishermen from Barangay Ayala remained missing yesterday after their motorized pumpboat capsized.

Eden said they have conducted search and rescue operations but could not locate the bodies of the fishermen.

“The wife of one of the fishermen said that she prevented her husband from going fishing due to the bad weather condition but the victim ignored, thus the incident.That is why we appealed to our local fishermen to refrain from sailing  until we have good weather,” Eden said.

The Coast Guard official said since Wednesday some inter island vessels bound for Jolo and Tawi-Tawi suspended their trips due to strong winds and rains.

“To avoid tragedy in the high seas, we decided to suspend the trips of all passenger vessels bound for Jolo and Taw-Tawi,” Eden said.

Trips to Basilan were also suspended last Wednesday and only resumed yesterday. — Noning R. Antonio