The Philippine Coast Guard rescued nine crew members of a distressed motorbanca off Zamboanga del Norte, the PCG said on Sunday.

PCG rescues 9 motorbanca crewmen off Zamboanga del Norte

PCG rescues 9 motorbanca crewmen off Zamboanga del Norte

In an incident report, the rescued crewmen were identified as Henry Burong, 35, Deigo Burong, 35, Surafi Anapi, 43, Benjar Luntian, 42, Isa Musa, 42, Aldamer Alih, 30, Boy Saguile, 27, Bader Barahim, 43, and Magno Dalawis, 52.

All the crewmen were from Zamboanga City.

Investigation showed that the victims were on their way to Dipolog City from Hasiman Tanjung, Jolo, Sulu last fwhen their motorbanca was damaged due to bad weather and rough seas.

The motorbanca then accidentally hit a hard object that damaged the wooden hull, causing seawater to enter the boat.

The half-submerged motorbanca drifted towards the waters off Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte.

The Coast guard was able to communicate with the crew at around 3:40 a.m. and their location was finally identified.

The PCG then coordinated with MV Empress Amy to conduct an immediate search and rescue operation.

After eight hours, the victims were rescued, brought to the nearest shoreline, and given medical treatment.

The rescued crewmen were allowed to return to their homes later that day, while MV Empress Amy towed the damaged motorbanca to Lamao Port. — DVM, GMA Integrated News