Mindanao Times

Chopper deployed to rescue efforts in Iloilo mishap


MANILA -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Monday announced that it has deployed a Bell UH-1 “Super Huey” to conduct aerialsear­ch operations over the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait, where three motor bancas have capsized Saturday due to inclement weather, drowning more than 20 people.

Major Aristides Galang, PAF spokespers­on, said the “Super Huey” with tail number 890 and carrying pararescue personnel will operate alongside the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The aircraft is from the Air Force’s 505th Searchand-Rescue Group.

Aside from the helicopter, the PAF’s Tactical Operation Group-6 in Iloilo has also provided KM-450 and M-35 trucks to help ferry survivors from Parola Wharf to Lapuz Port in Iloilo City.

Galang added that as of 8 a.m., PAF units over the Guimaras Strait has spotted a victim on the waters, who was later retrieved by the PCG.

The victims was later identified as Romeo Baguio, Sr., one of the passengers of the ill-fated bancas, and was taken to the West Visayas Medical Center, Iloilo City.

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