15 Pinoy fishers rescued off Agno, Pangasinan

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    FIFTEEN Filipino fishermen whose boat capsized off Pangasinan last Wednesday were rescued yesterday by a passing cargo vessel, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

    Citing sketchy reports, PCG spokesman Comm. Armand Balilo said the 15 were rescued by the MV Kumano Maru, a Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier, approximately 75 nautical miles off Agno, Pangasinan.

    “We are getting details,” Balilo said.

    As of yesterday afternoon, Balilo said the PCG was coordinating with the captain of BRP Kumano Maru for a rendezvous so a PCG vessel can pick up the fishermen, identified as Robert Palabriga, Eddie Arino, Eulito Samante, Napoleon Jose, Roseno Dispodado, Ruel Barnatsa, Ferdinand Salvador, Walberto Mendoza, Vincent Andrew Cortez, Richard Roxas, Florinand Ibanes, Ernesto Rivero, Joseph Callarta, Larry Evangelista and Fernando Rodolfo.

    Earlier yesterday, the PCG launched rescue operations for the 15 after two of their fellow fishermen reported to the PCG substation in Infanta, Quezon that the boat carrying the fishermen, FB Aqua Princess, had capsized last Wednesday.

    Balilo said the two – Pedro Manalo and Jerry Regala – arrived at the substation at around 5:30 a.m. aboard a service boat. They, however, could not say what caused the boat to capsize.