Fishing Expedition in the West Philippine Sea

At least 59 fishermen on board six fishing boats who went on a fishing expedition in the West Philippine Sea since Sept. 22 yet and have not returned home are all safe and sound.

All the fishermen are from Barangay Cato, Infanta who were reported to have gone to the Scarborough Shoal, west of the province of Zambales, to seek shelter from the wrath of Typhoon “Pedring”.

Master Petty Officer Conrado Cabrera, Philippine Coast Guard detachment commander in Sual, said the fishermen are crew members of the six fishing boats that left Infanta Sept. 22 in order to fish near the Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing ground.

Cabrera said the barangay captain of Cato, Infanta informed him via a text message that the 59 fishermen are all safe and sound and assured that they will return home when Typhoon “Pedring” has finally exited.

This was confirmed by Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez who said the families of the 59 fishermen are not worried as they know that the Scarborough Shoal offers their kin safe haven from the typhoon.

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