A fishing boat capsized off Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro at the height of tropical depression Rolly on Sunday, but the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said its 11 crew members were rescued.
In a statement, PCG Commandant Vice Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo has directed the PCG vessel BRP Pampanga to rendezvous with M/V Feng Tung Fei at the vicinity of Corregidor Island to retrieve the 11 rescued fishermen.
According to the Coast Guard, M/V Feng Tung Fei, a Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel, skippered by a certain Capt. Ernane Gonzalez, informed the PCG Southern Tagalog at around 9:45 a.m. Sunday that they spotted the fishing banca Carmel-5 capsized around 100 nautical miles southwest of Lubang Island.
The boat capsized due to huge waves brought about by the passage of the weather disturbance in the area.
Five fishermen were found clinging to the capsized banca's outrigger, and the rest were rescued in the search and rescue operations that followed.
The survivors are in good physical condition, the PCG reported.
"The incident still goes to show that despite earnest efforts of the government to inform and educate all fishing boat operators to take shelter when a weather disturbance is present, some fishing boats still venture to on fishing operations and risk the life and limb of their crew members," the PCG said.