Ella Montalban | Nov. 9, 2021
Updated as of 11:00 a.m.
Latest update as of 11:38 a.m.
One of the crew of a motorized boat that capsized in Hilutungan Channel in Cebu still remains missing.
Lt. Jr. Grade Erick Salcedo, information officer of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central Visayas, in a phone interview, said they are still conducting search and rescue operations as of this writing to locate the missing individual.
He is among the two persons who opted to swim and seek help after their boat capsized on Monday evening.
Contrary to an earlier report, it was the “Seaborne Cargo 5” vessel that was on its way to Tagbilaran City in Bohol that safely rescued the 8 passengers of the capsized boat.
Based on the accounts of the passengers, there were 10 persons onboard the vessel when it encountered strong current and big waves while they were on their way to mainland Lapu-Lapu City from Olango island.
After their boat capsized, two individuals opted to swim and seek help.
One of them identified as Arnel Balingit was later found floating by fishermen on board a passing small boat and was brought to Punta Engano in Lapu-Lapu City.
Salcedo said that Balingit and his companion swam and used a water gallon container as their floating device.
Salcedo said that PCG is still conducting search and rescue operations to locate the missing individual.
PCG is calling out coastal barangays in Lapu-Lapu City to report to them any sighting of a missing person that may have been washed ashore.
The eight rescued individuals are currently in Tagbilaran City where the Tagbilaran City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) provided medical check-up.
They will be transported back to Cebu and is expected to arrive at Pier 1 in Cebu City at 6 pm today.