Five fishermen were miraculously saved after drifting in the sea for three days when their boat was struck by huge waves and capsized.
Coast guard officers conducted a search and rescue operation for the 11 missing crew of FV Eljohn fishing vessel in Quezon Province, the Philippines. Six of them remain missing.
The men were expected to return from trawling on February 5 but failed so their worried families reported the incident to the authorities the next day, February 6.
Marine police first found two fishermen drifting on a plank 165km away from their fishing spot on February 8, three days since they went missing.
Later that day, three more crew, including the ship’s captain Danilo Dalison clinging to the broken ship’s hull.
Danilo said their boat was wrecked upon being hit by torrential waves during a storm.
He said: ‘We held on to whatever we could to float and survive. We are thankful to the rescuers for finding us.’
Aside from the captain, the rescued crew so far includes Rolly Dela Torre, Cristituto Magaleon, Joel Manrique, and Virgilio Gabuyo.
The survived crew members were taken to the hospital for a health check-up before being accompanied home.
Six crew members are still missing, but the captain said that one of them may have died from drowning. However, the death was still unconfirmed until officers find the body.