MANILA - Three members of an animal welfare group stranded in Taal Volcano island were rescued Wednesday, the Philippine Coast Guard said Thursday.
Volunteers from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were stranded on the island after they launched a rescue operation for animals amid the volcano's unrest. More than 44,000 residents fled the island after the volcano belched a giant ash column 55,000 feet into the air last Sunday.
Jana Sevilla, spokesperson of PETA, said they were left behind on the island because of miscommunication with the boat captain.
The Coast Guard also said it rescued several dogs left behind in Talisay City, Batangas.
The province of Batangas has tapped the Coast Guard to bring relief aid to its residents as three of its towns ordered a lockdown due to the volcano's continuous release of ash and fissuring of the ground.
Taal Volcano remains under the second highest danger level, which means a "hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days," according to state seismologists.