18 college students in island-hopping activity in Mactan rescued after boat malfunctions
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Disaster and rescue personnel in Lapu-Lapu City saved 18 college students from a Cebu-based university after their island-hopping adventure around Mactan Island almost went awry on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023.
The Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, rescued the 18 passengers and crew of a motorbanca that suffered engine malfunction while sailing around Isla Pangan-an.
Fortunately, no one was hurt, said Nagiel Bañacia, Lapu-Lapu DRRMO head. As of Monday, all rescued passengers and crew returned safely to their respective homes, he said.
“Walay na-angol kanila gawas lang nga gipang gutom ug gikuyawan ang mga na-rescue,” he added.
According to Bañacia, the motorbanca got damaged when it tried to sail away from the Tres Marias islets, within the vicinity of Isla Pangan-an, during low-tide.
Local rescue authorities then dispatched a sea ambulance to save the stranded passengers and crew, and ferry them to the ports of Sta. Rosa and Hilton.
Island hopping is a popular tourism activity in Mactan Island.
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