Friday, February 1, 2013

Philippine Navy (PN) multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC)

A Philippine Navy (PN) multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC) has successfully rescued 21 fishermen whose boat was severely damaged after colliding with a tanker in Manila Bay early Tuesday morning.

"MPAC BA-485 was patrolling in Manila Bay when they spotted M/B Lala Boom B in distressed situation with her right outrigger broken after it was rammed by M/T Pullilan," Philippine Fleet deputy public information officer Lt. Rommel Rodriquez said.

M/T Pulilan has a crew of 14 men while the fishing boat was carrying 21 men.

He added that the mishap transpired when the fishing boat attempted to cross the tanker's bow.

The area where the collision took place was 4.7 nautical miles of South Harbor.

M/T Pulilan was headed for the Pasig entrance to unload her cargo of jet fuel while the fishermen, who were from Navotas, were headed for Manila Bay's fishing grounds.

Rodriquez said that the fishermen were trying to follow an old superstition which claims an abundant catch await those who managed to cross the bow of a larger vessel.

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