By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos
Eighteen fishermen were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard in separate incidents in the Visayas over the weekend, the Coast Guard reported yesterday.
Fourteen fishermen were picked by the Coast Guard Substation in Padre Burgos and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) last Saturday from two capsized boats in Southern Leyte.
The group was sailing to Bontoc, Southern Leyte, when they encountered strong winds and their boats were battered by strong waves.
Rescuers found the fishermen clinging to their boats in the waters of Barangay Cabulihan, Limasawa Island.
The Coast Guard said all 14 were in good physical condition and were given medical attention by the municipal health officer. The boats are now under MDRRMO custody.
Four stranded fishermen were rescued by the Coast Guard substation in Libertad from their damaged boat in Antique last Sunday.
Nolmer Juanico, Noel Juanico, Jerald Juanico and Eddie Sarancanlao were on an unnamed motor boat when a seaborne patrol team from CGSS Libertad heard their screams for help.