Among the survivors was a priest
TACLOBAN CITY-At 13 passengers were rescued after their motorbanca capsized between the municipal seawaters of Padre Burgos and Limasawa, both in Southern Leyte on July 15.
Limasawa police along with Philippine Coast Guard and municipal emergency response personnel rescued the passengers and the boat owner of MB Ruel nearly two hours after it capsized due to the big waves and strong wind brought by tropical depression ‘Falcon’ that was battering the province at around 3:30 p.m.
Authorities identified the boat owner and crew as Ruel Leones Daling, 53, and Jerico Japson Embodo, 16, all residents of Barangay Lugsongan, Limasawa.
One of the passengers, Adelaida Palero, 65, however, died due to cardiac arrest. She was declared as dead on arrival by Dr. Jess Mae Rosete of the Limasawa rural health unit.
Among those rescued was Father Arthur Duarte,38 and parish priest of Barangay Triana, Limasawa.
Also rescued were Raul Marteja Oronos, 26; Megan Quiletorio Bardillon, 26; Angelica Cabales Bula, 24; Jona Mae Duhilag Budlat, 19; Eva Mae Duhilag Budlat, 22; Hady Mangana Senoc, 38; Hereberto Aclao Alatraca, 46; Clifford Bronio Alatraca, 39; Janette Napoles Alatraca, 39 yrs old; Mary Rose Sindo Semeros, 20; and Wenalyn Palero Parinas, 9.
(RONALD O. REYES)