A family of six were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard near Little Coco Island in the town of Akbar, Basilan. (Photo: The train station in the city of Zamboanga on the coast of the Philippines)
Basilan: Six people, including three children, were rescued around 9 a.m. Thursday in the waters off Little Coco Island, Akbar Town, Basilan.Lt. Junior Grade John Wenceslao, commander of the Philippine Coast Guard station in that town, said their personnel on routine maritime patrol spotted a motorized banca, apparently in distress, floating in the sea. “Our personnel aboard the BRP Malamawi was able to extract the passengers and bring them to Zamboanga City for medical treatment,” Wenceslao said.
The six passengers were en route to Sacol Island in that town from Basilan when the boat encountered engine trouble, he said. “They’ve been floating there for almost five hours,” he added. BRP Malamawi (FPB-2403) towed the stricken motorbanca to Zamboanga City jetty for repairs.
Those rescued were handed over to PCG District Southwestern Mindanao Medical Center for further assistance. Wenceslao said the passengers, including Johny Craft Hannoh, his wife Nurhaya Hannoh Buklasan and their four children Abdul Hannan, Nurham, Irham and Asfar, were all in good hands. * Follow us on Instagram and join our Telegram and/or WhatsApp channels for the latest news you don’t want to miss.
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