3 fishers drown, 11 rescued after boat collides with foreign vessel off Pangasinan

Philippine Tribune
Philippine Tribune

INFANTA, Pangasinan – Three fishermen drowned and 11 were rescued after their fishing vessel capsized after accidentally colliding with an alleged foreign vessel 180 nautical miles or 333 kilometers northwest of Barangay Cato here on Monday, October 2.

A report from the office of Police Col. Jeff Fanged, Pangasinan provincial police director, said that Johnny Manlolo, a crew member of F/B Dearyn, reported the incident.

The victims were fishing on board F/B Dearyn when the foreign vessel navigating south hit their boat’s starboard side and outrigger.

As a result, F/B Dearyn capsized and three fishermen aboard drowned – Dexter Laundensia, 40, boat captain; Romeo Mejico, 38, and Benedick Uladandria, 62, residents of Barangay Calapandayan, Subic, Zambales.

Eleven fishermen were rescued and identified as Johnny Manlolo, 40; Estelito Sumayang, 50; Mario An, 50; Mandy An, 22; Michel An, 37; Gino Arpon, 30; John Michel Nogas, 37; Noriel Tolores, 27; William Asuntista, 39; Darwin Mejia, 32, and Reymark Bautista, 30, all from Barangay Calapandayan.

The fatalities were declared dead by Dr. Marjorie M. Piga, municipal health officer of Infanta.

Rescued were taken to the RHU Infanta for medical examination and assessment.

Infanta chief of police Police Capt. Christopher Nacional said they have coordinated with the Philippine Coast Guard regarding the incident.

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