Navy gunboat rescues 9 stricken sailors off Sulu

A Philippine Navy (PN) gunboat, the BRP Jose Loor, successfully rescued the nine crewmen of a motor launch, which sank off Sulu early Tuesday morning. Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, said M/L Haynoline sink three nautical miles west of Bunga Point, Parang, Jolo at around 1: 30 a.m.

He added that the craft was carrying some 76,000 liters of diesel and various auto parts for the Tawi-Tawi Nickel Corporation in Tumbagaan Island when it sank.

Fortunately, the BRP Jose Loor was conducting barrier patrols in the area and managed to rescue the stricken sailors identified as Basher Adari, 43,boat captain; Andy Adari, 41, mechanic; Yahsin Arasani, 50; Bartek Araji, 35; Sudan Salimap, 27; Damil Said, 20; Mohammad Alif, 20; Reyner Fullo, 31 and Rodel Fernando, all resident of Zamboanga City.

The stricken ship, which left Kawit, Zamboanga City Monday night, is owned by one Hadji Bohrahim Ibrahim.

The rescued crewmen were immediately turned over to the Coast Guard Station in Jolo.

It was learned that the ship was heavily-loaded and left without seeking clearance from the Philippine Coast Guard.