PH Navy rescues Indonesian fisherman adrift for 7 days in Davao Occidental
The Philippine Navy said on Thursday it had helped rescue an Indonesian fisherman who had been adrift for seven days off Sarangani, Davao Occidental.
According to the Navy statement, the rescue was carried out on Tuesday, May 24, while the Barko ng República ng Pilipinas, BRP Tarlac (LD601) was conducting gunnery drills near South West Balut Island, Sarangani, Davao Western.
It was then that the radioman on duty received a distress call from the Lite Boat Tanigue, a 25-crew boat located 11 nautical miles from the exercise area.
The victim and his boat were then hoisted aboard LD601. He was identified as Kamuraan Ama, a 50-year-old citizen of Miangas, Talaud, Indonesia.
The victim said she had been adrift for seven days due to engine failure when she was discovered by the Lite Boat Tanigue.
BRP Tarlac immediately coordinated with Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) Naval Operations Center to report the incident.
Subsequently, the NFEM ordered BRP Ismael Lomibao (PG383) to proceed to LD601 near Taliak Point, Maasim, Sarangani for immediate transport of the victim and his boat to the Indonesian border crossing post located on the Balut Island.
The rescued Indonesian fisherman was then transferred to the Navy ship’s infirmary, a clinic-like area designed for medical emergencies, where he was examined by the nurse on duty.
Along with being diagnosed with hypertension, he also complained of stomach pain and back pain.
As the ship was en route to the rendezvous point to hand over Kamuraan Ama, the nurse on duty administered first medical aid to the victim.
He was handed over to the Indonesian authorities.