Taiwan coast guard rescues 3 Filipino fishermen


This handout photo released by Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration on July 22, 2013 shows three Filipino fishermen hold on their small boat on the sea near the southern Kaohsiung city. Taiwan’s coast guards have rescued three Filipino fishermen who spent five days adrift when a storm blew their small boat hundreds of kilometers off course, officials said. AFP PHOTO/TAIWAN’S COAST GUARD ADMINISTRATION

MANILA, Philippines-Three Filipino fishermen were rescued by the Taiwanese Coast Guard crew who found them drifting on a lifeboat for several days after their fishing boats capsized 37 nautical miles south of Taiwan last July 15.

The three fishermen, Ronald Dumaran, Gener Mendoza, and Edwin Zoilo, the boat captain, went out to sea on July 15 and encountered heavy rains and strong waves whipped up by a storm that overturned their boat on the 17th.

Zoilo, during an interview with reporters at the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), recounted how they spent five days and four nights drifting on their capsized boat before they were rescued by the Taiwanese Coast Guard on July 21.

“Kung ano mangyari sa amin, kung anong makain namin na madaanan sa laot, paghati-hatian naming. Yung isang pirasong ‘kapikon’, parang alimasag, pinagtatlo namin. Hinati ko ng tatlo, walang lamangan,” he said.

(Whatever happened to us, what we found floating along, we divided among ourselves equally. We caught a crab and divided it into three.)

“Nung umulan, sumahod din ako ng tubig, nakasahod ako ng mga tatlong kutsara. Binigyan ko. O, tag iisang kutsara tayo. Syempre, hati hati hanggang sa ayun. Buhay pa rin kami hanggang ngayon,” Zoilo added.

(When it rained, we collected the water and managed to get three spoonful which we divided among ourselves. It helped us survive.)

Dumaran said that several commercial vessels saw them but did not anchor to rescue them.

“Simula nung pangalawang araw, hindi lang kinseng barko ang talagang nagiliran kami o malapit na kami masentro tapos parang umiwas na sila. (starting from the second day, no less than 15 boats passed by us or were directly heading for us, but they would not sail near us)” he said.

“Siguro nag-aalangan siya na lapitan kami kasi baka iniisip nila na pirata kami (maybe they were hesitant to go near us on the thought we might be pirates),” Dumaran added.

MECO chairman Amadeo Perez told reporters that “they’re going back to their respective residence in Cagayan and Zambales. And we are providing them with a little help. Financial assistance. We will submit their names to DSWD.”

“We received explicit orders from President Benigno Aquino III, [after] he heard about these fishermen who went missing and were rescued by the Taiwanese Coast Guard, to attend to their needs. That’s why we processed their papers and all their expenses were shouldered by MECO,” Perez said.

He further thanked the Taiwanese authorities for extending help despite the recent incident between the two countries where one Taiwanese fisherman was killed.

“We are grateful to the coast guard and the government of Taiwan for setting aside what happened in the past and giving full support to our fishermen they rescued,” Perez said.

A body was found floating near the area where the three were rescued. He said it will be cremated and brought back to the Philippines on Friday.

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  • billy gunner

    What happend to the nbi investigation on the shooting incident? Does it really take a long time to investigate or is something cooking again?

    • juan_luisjr

      what can we do to send this message to pnoy?

  • juan_luisjr

    “We are grateful to the coast guard and the government of Taiwan for
    setting aside what happened in the past and giving full support to our
    fishermen they rescued,” Perez said.—- indeed and well said.

  • kanoy

    Philippines Daily Inquirer published an article titled “PH
    Coast Guards Laughed while Firing”, with several interesting pieces of
    info from a PH official who had been part of the investigation.
    Highlights include:

    1. 6 members of the coast guard fires on the fishing boat – thats a lot of effort to disable a small boat

    2. Although PH coast guard claimed they tried to disable the fishing
    boat “there were no bullet holes on ANY PART of the engine room,
    probably because they did mot know its location” – so PH coast guards
    are violent AND stupid

    3. “The shooting happened on the PH side, not the TW side, of OVERLAPPING TERRITORIAL WATERS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.”

    4. That the video was very revealing “was probably why the Department of
    Justice initially refused to share the video with Taiwanese
    This is a PH newspaper

  • johnlordphilip

    A humanitarian and professional acts by the Taiwanese costguards! The world needs more of these kind of people!

  • Guest

    This is how the Taiwanese repay our Coast Guard’s murderous act. Taiwan Coast guard could have shot them at ease as vengeance for their fellow fisherman’s death but instead they saved these Filipino fishermen.

    • Zmar

      while i’m grateful to the taiwanese coast guards for saving these fishermen and condemned the PCG for their excessive use of power when they open fire on the taiwanese poachers who tried to ram the PCG vessel, but dude, these fishermen are innocent… they didn’t try to poach in the seas of taiwan but the bad weather brought them there… and if the taiwanese coast guards shot them to death in cold blood, they are nothing but far worse than the criminal acts of the PCG… that’s the difference.. we have an abusive PCG while TCG knows how to act professionally.

      • kanoy

        a small wooden hulled old boat is of absolutely no threat whatsoever to a triple steel hulled 368 ft RP flagship WARSHIP which chose to use unnecessary EXCESSIVE FORCE when none was needed which resulted in the death of an unarmed 65 yr old man–no one shows just how unnecessary it was then the USCG crew aboard a 68 ft skiff which WAS RAMMED (not ”almost” rammed) NOT 1 SHOT FIRED POACHERS CAUGHT & BOAT CONFISCATED.
        Mark Reagan | | Posted 6 months agoThe Coast Guard chased a fishing vessel last October as it sped toward the Mexican maritime border.Using
        a loud hailer, Coast Guardsmen ordered the vessel to stop. They
        activated lights and sirens on their cutter and used hand signals and
        flash-bang grenades in an attempt to stop the fishing boat.The
        pilot of that fishing vessel, a Mexican national named Pedro
        Morales-Hidalgo, 43, made several “corkscrew” maneuvers in an attempt t escape the Coast Guard, and rammed their cutter to try to disable its outboard engines,

        authorities said.Guardsmen eventually were able to pull the fishing vessel’s fuel line to stop it.
        NO EXCUSES

      • Zmar

        yeah i heard you clearly… you’re asking for some bananas!
        so it does have some effect in your personal life, eh?

  • ClarkInKuwait

    Thank you, Taiwanese Coast Guard and Taiwanese Government and its people for this deed

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    ang pinoy…. Taiwanese na mangingisda, patay agad. turista galling Hongkong… patay agad.
    tapos si binay nagmamakaawa wag yariin ang mga drug mules. hehehe
    ayaw tulungan ng mga Taiwanese ang mga yan kasi baka pain at mapatay lang sila.

  • boybakal

    Even though our filipino fishermen looked like fish or shokoy….still the Taiwanese saved them.
    Human or Fish….the Taiwanese don’t make distinction….if distress in sea, they should be rescued.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Philippine commandos.

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