Boat sinks in Cagayan; passengers, crew rescued
MANILA, Philippines — Seven people were rescued after a boat en route to Aparri from Camiguin Island sank in the Cagayan River, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported on Monday.
A search and rescue team, composed of personnel from the Coast Guard Station Cagayan, Coast Guard Medical Clinic-North Eastern Luzon, and Special Operation Unit-NELZN, was immediately sent to the area after a report of the incident was received on March 29.
Six passengers identified as Alma Grace Duerme, 31; Lenie Erece, 24; Levie Erece, 23; Jessabelle Calanoga; Janin Abuyuan; and an unnamed four-year-old child were rescued.
The owner of the boat, Mark Joseph Jojo Sambajon, 38; was also rescued.
Initial investigation showed that the group left Camiguin Island for Aparri around 8:20 a.m.
Upon reaching the mouth of the Cagayan River in Barangay Punta in Aparri, the boat reportedly started to encounter big waves, causing it to sink. /ee
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