Tuesday, 29 November 2011 13:11
The Philippine Navy has rescued and assisted a ship in distress off Misamis Occidental, a top Navy official said.
Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) commander Rear Admiral Armado Guzman said M/V Richard Rey was rescued around 7 a.m. Tuesday some 40 nautical miles northeast off Polo Point, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental.
M/V Richard Rey, manned by five officers and 12 crew, is owned by Fortune Sea Carrier Inc.
The ship was en-route to Iligan City from Misamis Occidental when two of its generator sets malfunctioned Monday, which caused the vessel to drift at sea, Guzman said.
He said they have immediately dispatched the Patrol Gunboat (PG) 390 moored at Ozamis City wharf following receipt of a telephone call from the Coast Guard Station Commander in the area requesting for the conduct of search and rescue operations on the reported ship in distress.
He said the officers and crew of PG390, also known as BRP-Jose Loor, sighted the ship in distress after hours of intensive search.
The BRP Jose Loor, skippered by Lieutenant Arnold Simbajon, immediately provided food and water to the exhausted crew of M/V Richard Rey as well as provided ship’s power to start the air compressor of ship in distress in order for its generator to operate, he said.
He said PG390 escorted M/V Richard Rey until Pulauan Pier in Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte.
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