A boat capsizes near the island of Rapu-Rapu; the 16 passengers rescued

Rescued Rescuers pick up passengers who were thrown overboard after their motorized banca capsized due to large waves near Rapu-Rapu Island on Friday, October 14, 2022. PHOTO by PNP Regional Command

TOWN OF LEGAZPI: A motorboat carrying 16 passengers experienced engine trouble and capsized after being hit by large waves near Rapu-Rapu Island on Friday morning.

Lt. Col. Maria Luisa Calubaquid, regional police spokeswoman, said the water current was strong and the waves were big when the boat capsized.

Fortunately, she said, the passenger vessel RMLC 1 was just nearby and its crew and some staff from the Rapu-Rapu Municipal Police Station who were on board the passing vessel immediately rescued the people. passengers.

Those rescued have been identified as Desiree Ebuenga Benitez; Jayjay Benitez Ebuenga; Quiny Madrona Mutya; Jay Marie So; Jennifer Vibal; Angelica Ramos; Marites Binalla; Girlie Joy Andes; Jasle Map Andes; Milagros Bitare; Analiza Echane; Annie Echane; Rommel Barcelona; Lerna Cotorno; Christophe Ebuenga; and Rogelio Barcelona Jr.

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All rescued passengers were taken to Barangay Bagaobawan Port, Rapu-Rapu, Albay for immediate medical assistance.

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