PCG: A boat captain was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician at the Jesus Colmenares District Hospital on July 22 after incurring serious head injury from a bout with his chief engineer while at sea in Carles, Iloilo.

The victim, Elmer Escalicas, 39 years old, was reportedly arguing with his chief engineer identified as Juanito Desamparado for still unknown reasons while onboard Skipboat-1.

Escalicas, armed with a knife, tried to attack Desamparado who swiftly defended himself and hit the victim with a wooden chair in the head. 

The incident was reported by the clearing officer of FB Alaska-1 to Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Estancia who immediately coordinated with the local police in Carles, Iloilo. 

Around 4:00PM, Escalicas was medically evacuated to Jesus Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan, Iloilo but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Around 7:50PM, the suspect accompanied by the boat captain of FB Alaska-8,  voluntarily surrendered to CGSS Estancia and was turned-over to the local PNP for investigation and proper disposition. Personnel of CGSS Estancia advised the boat captain of FB Alaska-8 to file a Marine Protest.