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Fishing vessel rescues two-brother fishermen

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan (June 25) -- As Typhoon Feria rouses the usually calm Samar sea, two young fishermen whose outrigger boat has capsized were rescued by FB Sto Nino.

The boat in charge named Dennis De Lena said they had gone off course because the big waves in their usual course pushed them to take a longer but safer path.

Here they spotted the brothers Ronald and Marlon Canamor, aged 18 and 16 both holding on to their capsized boat named Amihan.

The brothers said DeLena narrated that they left Libucan Isle at dawn on June 23, 2009. It was when they were already out at sea when the rough waters started tossing Amihan that they realized there was a storm. The constant tossing eventually damaged Amihan's hull and turned it over.

The brothers clung to the boat as they prayed for a miracle.

The prayer was answered in two hours when the big waves sent FB Sto Nino to the two desperate youngsters.

De Lena admitted it was risky saving the two as it delayed them and exposed them to more danger, but as a retired soldier, whose mission is to save lives, his noble duty prevailed.

They gave the boys dry clothes and food to eat.

This morning, July Umbana, brother of the shipping boat owner went to radio station DYMS to broadcast that they have rescued the Canamor brothers.

Unknown to the boys, their father Tonying had also left a word with Radyo ng Bayan Calbayog announcing that they have lost two boys at the height of Typhoon Feria.

Tonying and a cousin, visibly sunburned, said they sailed to the islands of Daram, Zumarraga and the islets of Rama and Cagutian (all of Catbalogan) to look for the two boys.

Just as they were about to lose hope, a relative heard the public announcement from DYMS.

The reunion of father and sons took place at three PM today on board FB Sto Nino.

Tonying was excited to bring home his sons where their mother was waiting for them but not after profusely thanking De Lena for the noble deed he extended to his two young boys. (PIA-Samar with report from Edgar Guya) [top]

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