Missing fisherman rescued in West Philippine Sea
A Batangueño fisherman who has been missing in the West Philippine Sea since September 12 has been rescued by personnel of the Naval Forces West (NFW) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday. Capt. Cherryl Tindog, spokesperson of the Western Command (WESCOM), said in a statement that Freddy Abat, 29, was rescued around 8 a.m. in the vicinity of Cape Melville, West Philippine Sea. Tindog said Abat was spotted waving his hand by the crew of fishing boat “Glenmar B” around 34 nautical miles off Cape Melville. The boat captain maneuvered towards Abat’s boat, gave him assistance, and called authorities to report that he has been found. Abat is now onboard the PCG’s MRRV 4407, which conducted the search and rescue operations on its way to Puerto Princesa City expected to arrive at around 6 p.m.