The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Sub-Station Carles rescued seven fishermen of a distressed fishing boat at the vicinity waters off Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo yesterday, 12 October 2021.
FBCA ARIANNE departed from Estancia, Iloilo going to the vicinity waters between Sicogon Island and Bayas Island to conduct a fishing venture when it encountered engine trouble due to strong winds and big waves.
The boat captain dropped their anchor and contacted the PCG Sub-Station Carles for assistance.
Upon receipt of the distress call, the PCG’s deployable response team immediately proceeded to the said vicinity waters on board rented motorbanca, FBCA ARIAS AMIGO to conduct a search and rescue (SAR) operation.
After ensuring the safety of the seven fishermen, the PCG team towed the distressed fishing banca to the shoreline of Barangay San Fernando, Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo for needed repairs.
All rescued individuals were in good physical condition.
After inquiries, the fishermen were reminded not to venture into the sea during inclement weather conditions and were allowed to return to their residences in Barangay Tanza, Estancia, Iloilo.