7 Missing Fishermen Found in Catanduanes, Camarines Sur

VIRAC, Catanduanes, Philippines—Seven fishermen, who were missing since Typhoon "Basyang" hit the country on Tuesday, were rescued in Catanduanes and Camarines Sur provinces Friday, an Army official said.

Antonio Tayoto, 40; Marlon Tayoto, 35; Alex Azicate, 30; and Jason Arcilla, 18; all of Gigmoto town, Catanduanes, were safely docked by teams from the Army, police and local government units at Barangay Tabugoc, Pandan, Catanduanes, said Maj. Harold Cabunoc, information officer of the 9th Infantry Division based in Camp Elias Angeles in Pili, Camarines Sur.

He said the fishermen were turned over to the village chief of Tabugoc by the rescuers and were already with their families Friday morning.

In Camarines Sur, three survivors were also picked up by rescue teams on board two Air Force helicopters in Siruma town at around 1:30 p.m. Friday. Officials, however, have yet to provide identities of the three.

Two additional helicopters were sent from the 505th Search and Rescue group to help in the AFP’s rescue efforts, Cabunoc added.

The Catanduanes Disaster Coordinating Council said that in the town of Pandan 24 houses were totally damaged and 482 houses were partially damaged.

There were also nine persons injured during the storm.

Food assistance was also sent to the towns of Pandan, Bagamanoc and Caramoran Thursday.

By Fernan Gianan, Jonas Cabiles Soltes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 18:09:00 07/16/2010