SEVENTY-FIVE crew members and passengers of a commercial vessel were safely rescued by elements of the Naval Task Group-Sulu (NTG-Sulu) off the waters of Sulu on Wednesday, the military reported yesterday.
AFP-Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., said that elements of the NTG-Sulu promptly responded to a distressed sea craft in the waters near Minis Island.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station in Sulu reported that M/L Nadzramar, suffered engine trouble and was dead in the water in the vicinity of Bubuan Island, Sulu.
“The commander of NTG Sulu immediately directed Patrol Boats (PB) 388 and 393 to conduct search and rescue of said motorized boat,” said Tan.
Tan said the responding NTG-Sulu elements found M/L Nadzramar, with 12 crew members and 63 passengers, drifting at about 2.1 nautical miles northeast of Minis Island, Sulu.
The seacraft was also loaded with 1,453 sacks of charcoal, 298 sacks of copra, and 45 sacks of dried seaweeds.
Tan said all of the 75 crew and passengers were safely rescued.
“Medical conditions of the passengers and crew members were checked, and they were given food and water,” said Tan.
The commercial vessel departed Pangutaran Island, Sulu en route to Zamboanga City,
Tan said the watercraft was turned over to PCG Station Sulu.