La Union fisherman missing in stormy sea

>> Thursday, August 3, 2017

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Rescue teams Friday were still searching for a fisherman who went missing at dawn Tuesday off the coast of this city amid rough weather conditions.
The missing fisherman was identified as Rodolfo  Padilla, 43, resident of Barangay Catbangen.
According to initial reports, Padilla, along with his nephew Edgar Cabradilla, 43, also from Catbangen boarded separate fishing boats at around 2 a.m. Tuesday, despite unfavorable weather conditions.
Padilla’s boat was  battered by strong winds and large waves and later capsized.
Cabradilla tried, in vain, to rescue Padilla and promptly returned to shore to seek assistance from authorities.
Personnel from the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, local maritime police and Provincial and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council launched a search and rescue operation which was later suspended due to bad weather.
“Rubber and aluminum boats failed to reach possible sites because of big waves, so we asked the help of the Philippine Air Force and Office of Civil Defense for helicopters,” said Florycel Obeña, City Fishery and Aquatic Resource Management coordinator. -- Erwin Beleo


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