By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
ROMULO ESPALDON NAVAL STATION, Zamboanga City: The Philippine Navy troops onboard BA492 rescued four Pagadian based fishermen with one of them died in the sea waters off San Mateo Point, Sinunuc, on Monday afternoon. The Philippine Navy boat was underway from Naval Station Romulo Espaldon to Varadero de Cawit, all of Zamboanga City.
The Navy troops noticed four fishermen standing on a capsized Banca named MB Elsa 3 seeking help.
Immediately, the BA492 crew proceeded to the location and rescued the four after which they were informed that the boat master was still inside the capsized Banca.
Appropriate rescue techniques were applied to retrieve the boat master and coordination was made with the 4th Boat Attack Division and the Naval Special Operation Unit-6 for the deployment of the emergency response team to the area.
The boat master was unconscious upon retrieval, was immediately provided with first aid treatment, and was subsequently rushed to Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) but was unfortunately declared dead on arrival and the attending physician said it was due to Asphyxiation secondary to accidental drowning.
The four others were brought to Camp Navarro General Hospital at the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) for proper medical attention and debriefing.
The casualty was identified as Enricky Brocka, 55 Yrs Old, Boat Master while the survivors were identified as Erickson Broka, 19, Richard Brocka, 30,
Oroy Gay, 27, and George Alvarasen, 36, all from Pagadian City.
“We provided the necessary assistance to the victims of the sea mishap and communicated with their respective families,” said Rear Admiral Erick
Kagaoan, Commander, Naval Forces Western Mindanao.
Two of the four survivors are sons of the boat master. They were fetched to ZCMC to inform the status of their father while the two others were temporarily
housed onboard the 4th BA Division. Clothes, toiletries, and food packs were provided to the rescued fishermen.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to the sons and relatives of the boat master who perished after their boat was capsized due to foul weather yesterday
afternoon,” said Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., WestMinCom Commander.
“Rest assured that we will provide all sorts of assistance to the victims of this very unfortunate incident,” Maj. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. added. (JIJ)