SAVED. The search and rescue operation conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Antique Station on four crew members of the MBCA Jerson on Feb. 24, 2021. PCG Antique Station Senior Chief Petty Officer Alan Mandado, in an interview on Friday (Feb. 26, 2021) said the crew members are now back home in Romblon. (Photo courtesy of Caluya MDRRMO)

SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – Four crew members of a motor banca that capsized at the vicinity of Sibolo Island, Caluya in Antique and Carabao Island, Romblon were rescued and have been sent home, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Antique said on Friday.

In an interview, PCG Senior Chief Petty Officer Alan Mandado said their Caluya substation received a call from the owner of the MBCA Jerson that his pump boat capsized in the area on the morning of February 24.

The owner, Sanoy Ciriaco, told the substation that his crewmen were supposed to deliver 70 sacks of seaweeds to Sibolo Island from Sta. Fe, Romblon when their motorboat capsized due to a broken left outrigger damaged by big waves.

A search and rescue operation was immediately launched by the PCG substation, local police, and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Caluya and rescued Joso Ciriaco, 37; Cris Matanda, 30; Lito Rafal, 36; and Michael Matillano, 29.

“The crew members, upon their rescue, were brought to the Caluya rural health unit for medical checkup,” Mandado said.

As they were found to be in good physical condition, they were transported back to Sta. Fe, Romblon in the afternoon of the same day, he added. (PNA)