Typhoon-swept Filipino fisherman found alive in Japan


MANILA, Philippines — An Ivatan fisherman from Batanes who went missing during the onslaught of typhoon “Labuyo” (international name Utor) was found drifting off Japan eight days after he went missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday.

Julio Balanoba was rescued by Japanese marine authorities last August 19, after he had been reported missing last August 11, NDRRMC spokesman Major Rey Balido said.

A Canadian missionary in Japan reportedly read in a local Japanese newspaper of Balanoba’s rescue by the Japanese marine team, and informed the chieftain of Babuyan Island Cruzaldo Rosales in Batanes.

The chieftain then informed the Coast Guard Basco station of the rescue.

“Balanoba was found by rescuers waving a red flag at sea,” Balido said, but could not provide the details where he had been exactly found.

“Batanes Representative Heledina Abad confirmed the whereabouts of Balanoba through the Department of Foreign Affairs,” he also said.

Balido added that the fisherman was presently confined at Yaeyama Hospital in Ishigaki and needs to undergo surgery because of “wounded limb.”

The Philippine Coast Guard, meanwhile, is not readily available for comment.

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  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    baka coast guard yung natangay papuntang japan. kaya no comment sila. :)

  • Guest

    Comment should come from Philippine embassy in Japan asap. Not the PH coast guard.

  • Ragna_rok

    Mag apply na lang ng work at permanent residency siguro yung mangigisda dun, kasi ang pag dun cya, lapad ang makukuha nya, e dito maswerte na cya kung ninoy na nakapangalumbaba ang mabingwit, hehe

  • Phoinex

    Wow! sa Japan pa! diretso apply na dyan!

  • Guest

    Omg. XD

  • CyberPinoy

    ayus na yan dyan ka nalang muna hanap ng haponesa…


    “Balanoba was found by rescuers waving a red flag at sea,” Balido said, but could not provide the details where he had been exactly found.

    Wow, consider this guy very very lucky.

    First, he survived the typhoon and ended up being rescued by Japan authorities.

    Second, he was waving a red flag and he was not mistaken for being a chinese commie. That is a miracle that he was even rescued and not shot to death, on site of course.

    Third, he would be more lucky if he will opt to stay in Japan and seek asylum, i.e. escape the poverty here in the Philippines, hehehe.

    • reddfrog

      Unlike some savage Filipinos, the Japanese do not shoot anyone just because he’s waving a red flag.

  • mga BaBoY sa Goberno

    mag- asylum ka na lang diyan, sabihin mo gutom sa pilipinas dahil maraming magnanakaw na politico. perang na dapat programa para mahihirap ibinubulsa sa mga baboy na politico.

  • rgf_md

    Obviously not yet his time. Magpagaling ka kabayan ng makapangisda ka ulit.

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