“Ruben” found inside Sual Power Plant

SUAL—An Olive Ridley sea turtle was rescued by employees of Sual Power Plant here on Aug. 12 when many parts of Pangasinan were flooded.

The 57-kilogram pawikan (sea turtle) was turned over to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Alaminos City the following day. It was named “Ruben,” a namesake of the plant’s manager.

Employees of the Sual Power Plant carry “Ruben” out of the plant’s premises for transport to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Alaminos City. (Contributed photo)

The pawikan was saved from the plant’s water intake, an employee of the power plant said.

“Ruben” was already inside the water intake area, clinging to a vertical ladder, where the power plant gets its source seawater. It was the same area where a large number of jellyfish attacked and were sucked into the cooling pipes of the power plant that caused a Luzon-wide power failure in December 1999, the staff said.

The sea turtle was sighted earlier on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11. (PhilStar wire service)

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