PCG: Personnel from Coast Guard Station (CGS) Mati and Special Operations Unit (SOU) Mati assisted crew and passengers of an unnamed motorbanca which was drifting due to engine trouble at vicinity waters off Pujada Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental last Monday, June 18.

Upon receiving the report, the team proceeded to the area where they immediately sighted the motorbanca drifting dead on water.

The team transferred the five passengers at Aluminum Boat-236 and ferried them to Mati Wharf, while the motorbanca with the crew onboard were towed to the nearest shoreline.

One of the passengers was recognized by the team to be Mr Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN Newscaster/Journalist, and the rest are members of his family. According to Mr Cariño, he hired the motorbanca for an island tour to Pujada Island. However, while enroute to their destination, the motorbanca encountered engine trouble.

All passengers and crew arrived safely at Mati Wharf.

Photo courtesy: Coast Guard Station (CGS) Mati