Search continues for 19 Pangasinan fishermen who have not returned home

DAGUPAN CITY – Search operations continue for the 19 Pangasinan fishermen who have not returned home four days after they went fishing in the West Philippine Sea at the height of Tropical Storm Kabayan.

As of the 5 p.m. report of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on October 6, the official number of fishermen who have yet to retur home is listed at 19 as per verification from disaster councils. The 19 were part of the 43 fishermen who reportedly have not returned home until October 5. At least 24 have been rescued on Sunday and Monday.

The 19 fishermen were identified as Brandon Nebre, Orly Correa, Rex Cabanilla, Jimmy Advincula and Ricky Cabotaje of Agno town on board fishing boat (FB) Triple N; Gerry Barrientos, Ruel Bagor, Rosendo Cas, Rolly Maratas, Nelson Bagor, Edmar Espino and Jose Rolly Bagor of Bolinao town on board FB Double J; Conseso Penaranda of Dasol town on board FB Flores; Reynante Rance, Tata Cobol, Popoy Rance, Ganggang Cobol, John-John and Mark John Lazaro of Infanta town on board FB Judith Anne.

Meanwhile, Spokesperson Avenix Arenas of the Pangasinan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) rectified the 11 am report on Tuesday that 3 fishermen named Rex Cabanilla, Jimmy Advincula and Ricky Cabotaje of Agno town were already found. Upon verification from the Agno Municipal DRRMO, it was found out that the three have not yet returned.

It is recalled that more than 200 fishermen on board 37 fishing boats from the coastal towns of Infanta, Dasol, Bolinao and Agno in Pangasinan reportedly went fishing on September 29. But strong winds and huge waves generated by the storm on October 1 destroyed their boats, according to disaster officials.

PDRRMO, despite all efforts to implement ‘Oplan Kahandaan para sa bagyong Kabayan,’ reported one casualty among the fishermen. Artemio ‘Malong’ Quintero of Poblacion, Infanta was found dead on board fishing boat (FB) Joshaina. The boat was recovered in Agno town.

As search and rescue operations led by the Philippine Coast Guard and the PNP along with various disaster councils, push through, the OCD and PDRRMO continues to verify reports of more fishermen found./(VHS/PIA-1/Pangasinan)