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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012


PCG NorMin cites shipping lines for helping in Sendong SAR operations

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 3 (PIA) -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Northern Mindanao has cited at least five (5) shipping lines for conducting search and rescue operations (SAR) on the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong, last Dec. 17.

Commodore Elson E. Hermogino, District Commander of PCGNM, said these shipping lines immediately responded when the PCG personnel directed all shipping lines and vessels transiting along Macajalar Bay to conduct surface search and SAR in the area.

So far, these ships rescued a total of 121 survivors and four (4) dead bodies in the morning of Dec. 17, Hermogino said.

The ship, the number of rescued survivors and recovered cadavers are as follows: MV Solid Gold, one (1) survivor, MV Snoopy, 12 survivors, MV Super Shuttle Ferry 3, about 93 survivors and one (1) cadaver, MV Maria Stella 1, five (5) survivors and one (1) cadaver and MV Tagoloan, 10 survivors and two (2) cadavers.

Hermogino said all survivors were given immediate medication/first aid by PCGNM and were brought to the evacuation center situated in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City Central School, while the cadavers were brought to the Bollozos Funeral Parlor in Barangay Bulua.

Per account of PCGNM, severe floods occurred in CDO at 1:00 a.m., of Dec. 17, due to Typhoon Sendong, resulting in the water level of the CDO River to rise up to 10 feet high.

The PCGNM immediately deployed two (2) teams of personnel with rubber boats to conduct SAR operations in Barangay Macasandig, Isla de Oro and Burgos St., along the banks of the CDO river.

Team 1 rescued about 200 survivors while Team 2 rescued about 50. During the next few hours, they were able to recover two (2) more cadavers in Macajalar Bay.

In the afternoon of the same day, coordination and verification with the Philippine National Police (PNP), other rescue groups and fishermen in El Salvador City and Opol town, resulted in the rescue of 256 survivors and 14 cadavers.

Two (2) days later, Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Davao del Norte (SARV-3504), PG -371 and ASF-396 left CDO for Camiguin Island to conduct retrieval operations for 12 more dead bodies which were put in cadaver bags and brought to the funeral parlor in CDO, Hermogino added. (PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)

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