PCG Responds To A Maritime Incident At Vicinity Waters Off Basul Island

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Coast Guard Station Surigao del Norte together with Coast Guard Special Operations Group – Northeastern Mindanao immediately responded to a reported maritime incident involving MBCA PRINCESS IANA JANE with six (6) individuals onboard at vicinity waters off Basul Island, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte last Sunday (04 April 2021).

Upon receipt of the information from City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) of Surigao City, PCG instantly deployed Quick Response Team (QRT) onboard PCG Rubber Boat RB-064 to conduct Search and Rescue (SAR) Operation.

While PCG Team is proceeding towards the reported location, they sighted the distressed individuals who were already rescued by MBCA LEO a passing motorbanca in the area intended to proceed enroute to Surigao City.

PCG team escorted MBCA LEO while another motorbanca towed MBCA PRINCESS IANA JANE until they both reach the shoreline of Punta Bilang-Bilang Basin at Brgy. Taft, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.

Afterwards, the six (6) survivors were brought to Coast Guard Station Surigao del Norte office for further inquiries and investigation relative to the incident.

Investigation disclosed that MBCA PRINCESS IANA JANE (below 3GT) departed from Dulong, Brgy. Washington, Surigao City with six (6) individuals onboard enroute to Brgy. Danawan, Surigao City. While transiting at vicinity waters off Basul Island at around 4:15pm, they unexpectedly encountered a huge continuous waves that battered their boat causing the water to enter at the astern part which resulted for the boat to eventually submerged.

The survivors were all in good physical and mental health condition and were identified as follows;

  1. Aljun Ching, 29, single, a resident of Brgy. Danawan, Surigao City
  2. Michael Balili, 39, married, a resident of Brgy. Sabang, Surigao City
  3. Jitter Segarra, 23, single, a resident of Brgy. Luna, Surigao City
  4. Louie Jay Segarra, 22, single, a resident of Brgy Luna, Surigao City
  5. Angelou Cawaling, 20, single, a resident of Brgy. Luna, Surigao City
  6. Johnmike Balili, 16, single, a resident of Brgy. Sabang, Surigao City

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(Source: CoastGuard Surigao del Norte Facebook account)

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