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PCG saves 21 from
2 distressed ships

One crew member remains missing while 21 were rescued after a passenger fast ferry sank, and a cargo ship ran aground off the coast of Siquijor during the onslaught of super Typhoon “Pablo”.

A report from the Philippine Coast Guard released late Wednesday identified the missing person as Richard Larot, 34, of Siquijor, who reportedly jumped off the M/V Euro 3 while it was anchored in Maria, Siquijor, Wednesday morning.

Larot’s companions, who were rescued by the PCG, Philippine National Police and Bantay Dagat members, and brought to the hospital for treatment, were identified as Gorfrey Guinto, 55; Albert Burlat, 64; Rufino Raagas, 52; Irvin Sagabo, 20; Jechris Canones, 24; Christopher Yee, 20; Christopher Pascual, 26; Dennis Amirola, 21; Aniano Patricio Jr., 38; Joseph Quillo, 32; Dave Cutad, 32; Al Mandaguit, 20; Ryan Balangno, 20; Jonathan Tumban, 19; and Telesforo Pasco.

The PCG said the M/V Euro 3, that had sought cover at Siquijor Island, drifted and ran aground early Tuesday, causing the vessel to be partly submerged and listing portside, due to strong winds and big waves from “Pablo”.

Meanwhile, the six crewmembers of the Delta 1 fastcraft have all been rescued after the vessel sank late Tuesday near Siquijor, Siquijor.

The PCG station in Dumaguete said that, at around 4 a.m. Wednesday, rescue groups from the PCG, the Siquijor Rescue Team and personnel of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in that island responded to a call that the vessel had sank.

The teams rescued Rennie de la Peña, 41, of Cebu City; Vincent Sobremisana, 27, of Palawan; Mark Miel Serdeniola, 19, of Pangasinan; and Jake Kilat, 20, of Siquijor, off the seawaters of barangays Pangi and Poblacion, Siquijor.

Two others were rescued later and identified as boat captain Neil Abe, 36, of Siquijor, and Ivy Johnley Oring, 21, of Davao. The pair had drifted in rough waters were rescued near Barangay Takuling, Larena town, Siquijor.

All survivors were brought to the Siquijor Provincial Hospital.

The M/V Delta 1 had also sought shelter in Siquijor after the PCG suspended sea travel Monday due to the typhoon.

PCG Dumaguete station commander, Senior Chief Petty Officer Nelson Simbajon, said the operators of both vessels were told to immediately lodge marine protests with the Maritime Industry Authority.*JFP

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