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2 missing La Union fishermen rescued alive

By Freddie G. Lazaro

San Fernando City, La Union (August 7) -- The two fishermen, who were reportedly missing from Agoo, La Union since August 3, 2008 while gone to fishing in China Sea, were rescued alive by the local residents along the shorelines in Barangay Paringao, Bauang, La Union last Wednesday, according to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Ilocos region here.

OCD Regional Director Eugene Cabrera identified the rescued fishermen as Virgilio Abarra Angan Angan, 31, and Ana Doming Soriano Gutieres, 22, both residents from Balwarte, Agoo, La Union.

"The two fishermen were rescued at about 11:00 o clock last Wednesday," Cabrera said.

He told the continous search and rescue operations to the other three missing fishermen from Barangay Paratong, Bangar, La Unon.

"The Philippine Navy and the Coast Guard, both based in Poro Point in San Fernando City, La Union are continuously dispatched their diesel fast craft along the shorelines in China Sea for the search and rescue operations of the other 3 missing fishermen," Cabrera said.

The three fishermen, who were still missing of presstime, were Leody Macuroy, 26; Ireneo Reyes Maon,26; and Edmund Ricarte; all residents from Barangay Paratong, Bangar, La Union.

It was reported that the missing fishermen were missing since August 3, 2008, a date when Typhoon "Julian" hit the provinces in Northern Luzon.

Meanwhile, Ilocos Sur police director, Senior Superintendent Virgilio G. Fabros ordered 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 other missing fishermen from La Union.

It was recalled that the 21 missing fishermen, all from La Union, were rescued along the shorelines in Ilocos Sur. The victim-fishermen were swept by big waves caused by Typhoon Igme. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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