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Passenger vessel sank off I. Norte, 18 persons rescued

CAMP GENERAL OSCAR FLORENDO, La Union – Eighteen passengers, including two children and six crew members, on board a wooden vessel that capsized recently off the coast of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte were rescued late afternoon of Nov. 1.

Police Chief Supt. Leopoldo Bataoil, Director of the Police Regional Office I here, said the passengers were rescued at around 5:00 p.m., Nov. 1, by a helicopter from the Philippine Air Force and were brought to Laoag City for treatment because they were suffering from dehydration. They were later flown to San Vicente Naval Station in Cagayan.

Bataoil identified the children as Dennis Patubo, 11, and Jeramil Patubo, 12, both residents of Aparri, Cagayan.

The other other passengers of the the ill-fated M/V Summerfulg, a domestic passenger boat, are the kids’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nestor Patubo, Merly de los Santos, Alex Capalaran, Leonida Irese, Marvin Onate, Anna Bumagot, Virginia Onate and another unidentified passenger.

The six crew members are Roy Ambalon, Teofilo Cadiz, Jun Macogay, Arnulfo Dian, Jr., Jonnie Ganno and Cresencio Onate.

The rescue team was composed of personnel from the Naval Forces North of the Philippine Navy headed by Captain Vicente Agdamag, the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Air Force and PNP personnel in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

The vessel, owned by a certain Roxie Ornate, sank near Fuga Island, 60 miles off the coast of Pagudpud on October 31, after it incurred engine trouble due to big waves and strong winds caused by Typhoon Paeng.

The boat came from Aparri, Cagayan and was enroute to Batanes province when it capsized.