Three Agno fishermen remain missing

AGNO – The search for the three missing fishermen from Barangay Aloleng and Cabaruan in the coastal area of Agno town by the Philippine Coast Guard and members of the fisherfolk in Agno continued at presstime.

P/ Sr. Inspector Franco Catalan, town police chief, identified the missing fishermen as Jay-ar Decena, 28, and Rodel Meru, 37, both from Barangay Cabaruan and Roger Nituma, 52, of Barangay Aloleng who went fishing late afternoon of March 8 and failed to return home since.

Catalan said families of the three fishermen reported early morning of March 9 the failure of the three to return home.

According to Jay-ar’s mother Agnes Decena and uncle, Inni Winnie Decena, the three fishermen were expected to return home early morning of March 9.

The emotional mother said it was her son’s first time to go out fishing with their neighbor Rodel Meru.

Inni Winnie Decena who is a former member of the Philippine Navy, said the PCG immediately launched the search and rescue mission and were joined by fellow fishermen.

The PCG team based in Bolinao reported that there were actually six fishermen who went fishing last March 8 and were reported missing.

Three were rescued by fellow fishermen last Sunday morning, March 10 in the Cabungaoan Sea about 80 miles from Burgos.

The three rescued last Sunday were identified as Alejo Rivera, Zoren Rivera and Joeffrey Pajaro all from Barangay Aloleng, Agno.

They were seen floating, holding on to the outrigger (katig) of their motorized banca that capsized after it was hit by giant waves.

The rescued fishermen were visibly weak from dehydration when found and were brought to a hospital in Alaminos City. (Nora Dominguez)

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