A fisherman survived but his companion is still missing after their motorized banca collided with a light boat at about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday about 15 kilometers off the shorelines of Cauayan, Negros Occidental.
Philippine Coast Guard-Bacolod head, Lt. Commander Dominador Senador, identified the missing fisherman as Jose Andy Nemesio, 40, of Cauayan. His companion Joemar Diaz, 28, has been rescued.
Initial investigation showed that the MV Kipper 2 on which the two fishermen were on board suddenly crossed the path of the MV Aqua King, owned by the Ace Fishing Corp. causing it to capsize
Senador said the search for Nemesio will resume today. However, if they fail to find him, the operation will be terminated, and the PCG will issue an advisory to all sea vessel transits, he added.
There is a possibility that Nemesio is still alive and might have been carried by the current to the eastern or western portion of the Panay gulf where the incident happened, he added.
Nemesio’s wife Jona, in a television interview, said she wants to see her husband, dead or alive.
Cauayan Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara said that the owner of MV Aqua King is willing to aid the family of Nemesio.*APN