Compressor fisherman who went missing found dead in Bantayan

By: Paul Lauro - CDN Digital Correspondent | March 04,2024 - 08:47 PM

Compressor fisherman who went missing found dead in Bantayan

Rescuers retrieve the body of a fisherman from Madridejos in Bantayan Island who had been missing since March 1. The victim was identified as Almer Dereal. His body was found floating within the seawaters of Brgy. Kabac, Bantayan on March 4. | Contributed Photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A fisherman who had gone missing for three days was found dead on the coasts off of Bantayan town in Bantayan Island, northern Cebu.

Police in Bantayan confirmed retrieving the body of a fisherman found floating within the seawaters in Brgy. Kabac, Bantayan on Monday, March 4.

The victim was identified as Almer Dereal, 20, a resident of the neighboring town of Madridejos, also on Bantayan Island.

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Dereal had been missing since March 1, police said. His family reported that he failed to return to their home in Brgy. Mancilang after going out for fishing that day.

Three days later, residents in Brgy. Kabac called the attention of authorities when they spotted a lifeless body floating near the shore around 10 a.m. on Monday.

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His mother, Analyn Dereal, positively identified the corpse belonged to that of her son, said Police Patrolman Florante Desucatan.

Based on initial investigations, the younger Dereal often use a compressor machine to dive deep and fish.

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They believed that the victim’s hose disconnected from the machine, which provided him oxygen, leading him to drown and unable to resurface.

Compressor fishing is considered one of the most dangerous methods of fishing.

Bantayan Island is located approximately 140 kilometers northwest of Cebu City.

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