Eight people have been rescued from a motorboat incident after the water vehicle capsized in waters off the coast of Catbalogan City in Samar on Thursday night.
A statement released Friday from the Philippine National Police Regional Office 8 (Eastern Visayas) detailed the incident. The motorboat capsized in Maqueda Bay as a result of the big waves brought about by encroaching Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut). The superstorm is moving closer towards Luzon Island, bringing with it heavy rain and wind.
The boat left port in Cinco village on Sierra Island and was destined for San Roque village in Buri Island. Sea travel in Samar province had not been suspended as the area was not placed under any typhoon warning signal.
The passengers and boat captain were all from Cinco village.
“The passengers managed to swim to the near(est) islet, contacted another boat owner and they were rescued at about 10 p.m. by village officials of Cinco in Sierra Island,” PRO-8 information officer Senior Supt. Ma. Bella Rentuaya said.
Survivors of the incident include the boat owner Evelyn Duran and her husband Joseph, who served as the boat captain. Passengers sustained minor bruises from the ordeal, but no one was admitted to the hospital as a result.