5 fishermen reported missing near Scarborough Shoal

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 28 2016 05:11 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard is searching for five fishermen who went missing after a fishing trip near Scarborough Shoal last November 21.

The Coast Guard, in a statement, said the fishermen were onboard F/Bca "Antalan Tabat" and were approximately 30 nautical miles away from Scarborough Shoal in Masinloc, Zambales before going missing.

The missing fishermen were identified as Jack Tabat, Jimmy Tabnat, Jessie Aparreci, Bimboo Requinto, Allan Rivera.

Jereco Taneo, 51, and a skipper of F/bca "Love Miles 2" who was also on fishing operations with F/bca Antalan Tabat, reported the incident to Coast Guard Sub-station Sta. Cruz at 5 p.m. of Nov. 25.

Taneo said they left the area of Scarborough Shoal at around 6 p.m. on Nov. 21 enroute to Sta. Cruz, Zambales when they noticed that F/bca Antalan Tabat was left behind.

The missing fishing banca was described to be painted white and brown and powered by an EZK engine.

PCG Commandant Rear Admiral William Melad dispatchde BRP Tubbataha (MRRV-4401) and PCG Islander to conduct search and rescue operations to the five missing fishermen.

The Coast Guard also advised all fishermen in Zambales particularly those who are fishing at the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal to be on the look out for the missing boat and to render necessary assistance if sighted.