Navy Islander aircraft deployed to WPS in search for 56 missing fishermen

The Philippine Navy has deployed one of its Norman-Britten Islander aircraft to help in the search-and-rescue operations of the 56 fishermen who went missing last week.

Naval Task Force-40 spokesperson Ensign Adeltrude Dayata said the PNI 314 has been deployed to help the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in its search-and-rescue missions.

The fishermen from Pangasinan were reported missing while fishing in West Philippine Sea last week during the onslaught of Typhoon “Kabayan” which battered provinces in Central and Northern Luzon.

As of Monday, a total of 71 fishermen has been rescued by the PCG. Over 127 fishermen were reported missing since last week.