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Five (5) fishermen onboard F/Bca “Antalan Tabat” are now being searched for by the Coast Guard after they went missing from a fishing venture at vicinity waters approximately 30 nautical miles away from Scarborough Shoal in Masinloc, Zambales on November 21.

Reports from Coast Guard District National Capital Region – Central Luzon (CGDNCR-CL) disclosed that a certain Mr. Jereco Taneo, 51 years old and skipper of F/bca “Love Miles – 2” who was also on fishing operations with F/bca “Antalan Tabat”, reported the incident to Coast Guard Sub-station Sta. Cruz at 5 PM of November 25.

He further stated they departed the Scarborough Shoal area on Nvember 21 at 6 P.M enroute to Sta. Cruz, Zambales when they noticed that F/bca “Antalan Tabat” was left behind. Taneo and his crew arrived at Sta. Cruz at 11:30 in the evening.

The missing fishing banca was described to be painted white and brown and powered by an EZK engine.

PCG: The cadaver of a drowned fisherman was recovered yesterday, 21 November by the Coast Guard in Calbayog City, Samar.

The victim was identified as Taneo Nunez, 56.

Investigation revealed that Nunez fell overboard while fishing at the vicinity waters of Barangay Tinaplacan, Calbayog when rough seas and strong winds battered his boat.

His body was recovered by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Calbayog and turned it over to his family for proper disposition.

PCG: Four stranded fishermen were rescued last Sunday by the seaborne patrol operations team of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Libertad.

The men were onboard an unnamed motor boat when they were found near Libertad, Antique and screaming for help.

Inquiries disclosed that they were supposed to fish in Batbatan Island when they encountered engine trouble. Efforts to fix the deranged engine failed and the boat remained dead on water until rescue came.

The fishermen identified as Nolmer Juanico, Noel Juanico, Jerald Juanico and Eddie Sarancanlao were all in good physical condition and returned safely to their families in Barangay Centro Este, Libertad, Antique.

PCG: Two fishermen were arrested in Bulan, Sorsogon last Friday, 18 November for illegal fishing.

Rommel and Arnold Escobar were found by authorities fishing at the vicinity waters of Bulan and discovered that they have no permit to operate at the said municipal waters of Sorsogon.

Investigation revealed that the suspects traveled from Masbate to Sorsogon onboard F/Bca Baby King. Their boat is owned and operated by a certain Alfredo Escobar, a resident of Cauayan, Masbate.

They were apprehended by the joint maritime patrol team of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Bulan, Municipal Agriculture Office, local police and Bantay Dagat.

The PCG team issued a Certificate of Orderly Inspection to the crew who were later detained at the municipal police station. Meanwhile, the boat was detained under the custody of Bulan Municipal Agriculture Office.

PCG: The Coast Guard's mission to disseminate valuable information on the latest Marine Environmental laws continue as two of its related units successfully held a two-day seminar on the recently approved Memorandum Circulars in Ormoc, Leyte.

The Office of the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for Marine Environmental Protection (CG-9) and Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM) headed the seminar that was participated on by various PCG personnel from Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas, its PCG stations and sub-stations, and the District's Marine Environmental Protection Units (MEPU).

Stakeholders from different shipping and oil companies were also present to include Camotes Ferry Services, Goldstar Shipping Lines Inc., Supercat, Catingin Port, Ocean Fast Ferries Inc., SRN Fast Sea Craft Inc., Lite Shipping, Jomalia Shipping and PMI Shipping.