PH Navy saves an Indonesian fisherman
An Indonesian fisherman who had been adrift for seven days off Sarangani, Davao Occidental was rescued by the Philippine Navy on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
In a Navy statement, the Barko ng República ng Pilipinas, BRP Tarlac (LD601) was conducting gunnery practice near the southwest of Balut Island, Sarangani, Davao Occidental when they saw the fisherman.
“LD601 was conducting a gunnery practice approximately 54.5 nautical miles southwest of Balut Island, Sarangani, Davao Occidental when the duty radioman received a distress call from Lite Boat Tanigue, a 25-member boat crew located 11 nautical miles from the exercise area,” the Marine said.
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.
BRP Tarlac immediately coordinated with Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) Naval Operations Center to report the incident.
The fisherman was said to have been adrift for seven days due to engine failure when he was discovered by the Lite Boat Tanigue. 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.
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.
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