Fishermen rescued at sea: Beng commends rescuers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 July 2013 11:25

Sea rescue and relief operations spearheaded by combined forces from the military and police and personnel from the national and City Government, Saturday saved lives and properties from possible harm spawned by continuous rains and strong winds.

As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco, chairperson of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRM) commended the Coast Guard Zamboanga Station under LTJG Jomark Angue, Naval Forces-Western Mindanao under Capt. Albert Mogol, Labuan Police Station under PSInps. Chester Natividad, Ayala Police Station under PSInsp. Edilberto Alvarez, Regional Public Safety Battalion (RSPB-9), the Labuan Barangay Council led by Chairman Ronald Maravilla as well as personnel from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., City Social Welfare and Development Office and staff from the Mayor’s office for their great efforts in rescuing and assisting the victims.

She said the timely and prompt operations saved lives and properties from possible harm brought about by the calamity.

In Labuan, 16 fishermen from Bohol were rescued personnel from the Labuan Police Station in cooperation with the Barangay Council and members of the 3rd Regional Public Safety Battalion (RSPB-9). 20 other fishermen aboard their fishing boats safely landed in Ayala and were assisted by the Ayalal Police Station.

In Mampang, ML Sher-Ainie with 60 passengers on board were rescued and towed to safety by Coast Guard Patrol crafts. The vessel, accordingly left the city bound for Laminusa, Sulu but encountered engine trouble and drifted towards Mampang due to turbulent waters.

On the other hand, 34 tourists were stranded in Sta. Cruz Island due to the stormy weather. They were extricated from the island with the assistance of Coast Guard personnel who sent rubber boats.

Mayor Climaco mobilized all agencies under the CDRRMC to respond to the emergency last Saturday and instructed her staff and CSWDO personnel to promptly assist the needs of the rescued victims.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., who was the OIC City Mayor that closely coordinated with the Coast Guard, NAVFORWEM, the Zamboanga City Police Office under Col. Jose Chiquito Malayo and other concerned agencies in the conduct of the rescue and relief operations.

The survivors were thankful for the hospitality shown by the local authorities and rescuers as well as the humane treatment accorded to them during the rescue and relief operations.

The unfavorable weather and sea condition last Saturday led the Coast guard-Zamboanga station to cancel all sea trips as a proactive measure to avert sea accidents.

Mayor Climaco is expected to present certificates of appreciation to all the agencies that took part in the rescue and relief operations last Saturday during the flag raising ceremony in City Hall today. — Sheila Covarrubias