PCG rescues motor launch with 86 passengers and 10 crew onboard
PCG: A total of 86 passengers and 10 crew members of an ill-fated Motor Launch “Anika” were rescued by personnel from Coast Guard District South Western Mindanao and BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402) after receiving a distress report yesterday, around 05:40 P.M. at vicinity waters of Mataja Island located in the Province of Basilan.
Reports revealed that M/L “Anika” with 67 adult, 17 children and 2 infants passengers departed Petron Wharf, Baliwasan, Zamboanga City enroute to Tandubas, Tawi-Tawi which experienced engine trouble while transiting the waters of Zamboanga City.
Immediately, BRP Malabrigo was dispatched to conduct search and rescue operations wherein all passengers and crew were transferred onboard the said rescue vessel. Subsequently, the motor launch was towed from Langas Island to Zamboanga City.
As of press time, rescued passengers and crew are all in good condition while M/L “Anika” is presently docked at Ben Go Wharf, Zamboanga.