Manila Bulletin

Two men in drift­ing boat saved

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DU­MAGUETE CITY (PNA) – Two men were res­cued Tues­day af­ter­noon af­ter their boat went adrift off El Ori­ente Beach in Barangay Mang­nao, this city, when its en­gine stalled.

Lt. Ju­nior Grade Donna Lisa Ra­ma­cho, com­man­der of the Coast Guard Du­maguete Sta­tion, said a team was sent to El Ori­ente Beach to check the re­port.

The team found that the two fish­er­men in the boat had been res­cued by Jimmy Ari­ola, a barangay tanod of Barangay Calinda­gan.

Ari­ola told the Coast Guard the mo­tor­boat had left Calinda­gan for Siqui­jor Is­land.

About three nau­ti­cal miles from Calinda­gan, the boat en­coun­tered big waves, caus­ing its en­gine to conk out.

The boat drifted to­wards El Ori­en­tal Beach Re­sort, Ari­ola said.

Ari­ola and some com­pan­ions towed the boat to shore.

They fixed the en­gine and the fish­er­men set off for Siqui­jor.

Ini­tial re­ports reach­ing the Coast Guard said there were three peo­ple on the boat and that they had swum to shore safely af­ter it cap­sized, said Ra­ma­cho.

All trips to Siqui­jor from Du­maguete were can­celled Tues­day af­ter­noon due to rough seas, Ra­ma­cho said.

The ship­ping lines de­cided sus­pend trips to the is­land-prov­ince be­cause of big waves.

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