29 Chinese tourists rescued off Bohol | Global News

29 Chinese tourists rescued off Bohol

By: - Correspondent / @leoudtohanINQ
/ 02:31 PM February 02, 2018

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol-Twenty-nine Chinese tourists were rescued on Thursday afternoon after their motorbanca encountered engine trouble while in the waters off Balicasag Island in Bohol.

The group was on board MBCA Josieme for a tour of the island when the engine conked out, said Seaman 1st Class Jacob Pacaña of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Tagbilaran station.


He said a team was dispatched to Balicasag, a famous dive site, after the Coast Guard received a call for assistance from Janel Demesa of the Chinese Consulate.

MBCA Josieme was sighted between the vicinity waters of Siquijor and Balicasag Island at 12:15 p.m., said Pacaña.


The motorboat was then towed with the 29 Chinese passengers and three Filipino crew men on board, said Pacaña.

“No one was hurt,” he said.

PCG issued a Maritime Violation Report and detained the motorbanca at Poblacion Panglao for not complying with safety standards.

Pacaña said they noticed that the banca was not equipped with communication gadgets and life jackets.

It also had no pertinent Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) documents.

Subscribe to our global nation newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Bohol, Chinese consulate, Chinese Tourists, Maritime Industry Authority, motorbanca, Philippine Coast Guard, Tagbilaran
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our global news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.