Navy recovers body believed to be among 13 fishermen still missing

A search and rescue team from the Philippine Navy recovered the body of a man believed to be among those missing fishermen in the West Philippine Sea after the onslaught of tropical storm “Kabayan” last Oct. 2. A report of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) regional office Thursday said the body, now in state of decomposition, was found by the team at past 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Capt. Albert Mogol, Navy commander in Poro Point here said the fisherman’s remains were recovered 75 nautical miles off Cape Bolinao by crewmen of the rescue vessel BRP Apolinario Mabini.

The vessel carrying the body arrived at Poro Point in San Fernando City at 6 a.m. today (Oct. 8).

Mogol said the body will be turned over to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for identification purposes.

Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Melchito Castro said they have yet to establish whether the body belonged to one of the 13 still missing fishermen from Pangasinan.

He added that the search and rescue operations for the missing fishermen continues.

“If the team will not have any sighting of the fishermen by tomorrow, the search and rescue will be terminated,” Castro said.