Rescue teams search for missing fishermen off Surigao del Norte

BUTUAN CITY (June 24, 2008) – Rescue teams of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) and provincial and municipal disaster coordinating councils were dispatched to conduct rescue operations for seven fishermen who were reported missing after their fishing boats were battered by typhoon "Frank" in tthe sea off General Luna, Surigao del Norte on Friday and Saturday.

Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 PRO 13) Regional Director Chief Supt. Jaime E. Milla, also mobilized Philippine Cast Guard (PCG), Maritime, and other fishing groups to help in search and rescue operation for the missing fishermen.

Surigao del Norte solon Rep. Francisco T. Matugas and Gov. Robert Ace Barbers also dispatched their respective rescue teams.

Brig. Gen. Ricardo A. David, Jr., area command chief of the Army’s Northeastern and Northern Mindanao Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division, directed Brig. Gen. Dante Fernandez, commanding general of the Army’s 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade. to assist in the search and rescue operation.(Mike U. Crismundo)

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