SAN ESTEBAN, Ilocos Sur -- An international ship rescued four Filipino fishermen on high seas off West
Philippine sea while two others are still missing when their fishing boats capsized after being hit by
big waves on Friday.
The local police identified the rescued fishermen as Reggie Quintinita, Rey Quintinita, Neil
John Estocia and Teofilo Callejo, all residents of Bgy. Pinipin, Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur.
Two of their companions -- Nelson Arbollente and Dorque Ruiz -- are still unaccounted for.
The fishermen said they were rescued by the crew of MV Ocean International Ship around 11 a.m.
on Friday after their two motorized bancas were wrecked by big waves.
Jean Aranquez, a relative of one of the fishermen, informed the local police the fishermen did
not return home after they went fishing around 9 p.m. on Thursday.
However, the San Esteban police station received a report from Marvin Ong, a member of the San
Sebastian Municipal Disaster Risk Management (MDRRM), that the four fishermen were dropped off on the
shore of Bgy. Apatot, San Esteban, by the foreign vessel.
However, the rescued fishermen said two of their companions are still missing.
Residents in the coastal barangay in Gabao, Santiago said a wrecked fishing boat was swept at
the shore there.