9 fishermen survive 13-day ordeal at sea PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:37

Nine fishermen miraculously survived in a 13-day ordeal at sea while their companion died after their fishing boat was battered by violent waves and sank off General Santos City last month.
The nine fishermen were rescued by local fishermen in the high seas off Labuan, this city  at dawn yesterday.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin Deocampo disclosed that the fishermen were taken to the Labuan Community hospital and werelater assisted by the Labuan police in taking them to the Zamboanga City Medical Center for confinement.

The nine survivors were identified as Diosdado Sarabio, 49, Ronnie Monsales, 25, Danilo Dublin, 44,  July Pilapil, 20, Johnny Misa, 37,  Elmer Albis, 30, Ronnie Aransido, 37,  Albert Estabino, 26, and Jimmy Sovien, 37, all residents of Cebu City. Their companion who died while they were at sea was only known as a certain Dodong. They are fishermen of M/V Jellah based in Iloilo City.

A police report disclosed that the ill-fated fishing boat was sailing for Iloilo City carrying 10 tons of catch fish coming from Davao last January 27, 2011 when they were hit by big waves.
The survivors said their fishing boat was cut into two due to the violent big waves.

They said that all of them managed to board a small banca the boat was carrying before the latter went down the bottom of the sea.
They said that in 13 days at sea they drank their urine to prevent dehydration.

They added that Dodong died at sea, but unable to elaborate what happened to his body when they were fished of out off Labuan at dawn yesterday.

All the nine fishermen almost gave up hope, but they were surprised when a group of fishermen spotted them off Labuan.

They said that they had no knowledge on their whereabouts as they were just floating at sea for 13 days.

The nine survivors said that their employer does not what had happened to them.
Attending physicians placed them under further observation. — Dan Toribio Jr.