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Ilocos Sur cops alerted to rescue missing fishermen from La Union

By Freddie G. Lazaro

Camp President Quirino, Ilocos Sur (August 6) -- Frogmen of the Naval Forces North on board a fast patrol craft are conducting search and rescue (SAR) operation in the Ilocos shorelines for the five La Union fishermen who went to sea amidst tropical storm "Julian"

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Director Eugene Labreca said that the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) is coordinating the search with all PNP stations located in the coastal areas.

Ilocos Sur police director, Senior Superintendent Virgilio G. Fabros ordered Wednesday all police stations in the coastal towns in the province to conduct "round the clock" monitoring along their shorelines for the possible rescue operations to the five (5) missing fishermen from La Union.

Fabros identified the fishermen namely: Virgilio Abarra Angan Angan, 31, and Ana Doming Soriano Gutieres, 22, both residents from Balwarte, Agoo, La Union; Leody Macuroy, 26; Ireneo Reyes,26; and Edmund Ricarte; all residents from Barangay Paratong, Bangar, La Union who were still missing.

According to Fabros, the missing fishermen were reportedly goes to China Sea to catch fish last Sunday, August 3, 2008, the day when storm "Julian" started to hit provinces in Northern Luzon, and as of presstime these fishermen parted to return home.

In a related weather development, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administraton (PAG-ASA) reported that provinces in Northern Luzon continous to experience heavy rains due to southwest monsoon.

The weather bureau also advised fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the sea while bigger seacrafts were alerted against moderate to high waves. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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