Yacht crew member, 12 fishermen missing in separate incidents due to Quinta

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) — Twelve fishermen in Catanduanes and a crew member of a sunken yacht off Batangas remain missing amid rough weather conditions brought about by Typhoon Quinta.

In a text message on Monday, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesperson Mark Timbal said the 12 missing fishermen are from Barangay Pananogan, Bato; Barangay Cagdarao, Panganiban; and Barangay Poblacion District III, Gigmoto in Catanduanes.

Timbal added that they are looking further into the incident and will issue an advisory once they get more information.

In a separate incident, the Philippine Coast Guard reported that one of the eight crew members onboard MV Oceanic Explorer remained missing during their search and rescue operations along Bauan, Batangas at around 7 a.m.

The seven rescued crew are currently onboard tugboat MTUG Cedar 6, while personnel of the Coast Guard Sub-Station in Bauan are still continuing rescue operation for the last missing crew member.

Another maritime incident was reported along Maricaban, Batangas at around 8 a.m., involving MV RoRo-12 that ran aground amid rough sea conditions.

The PCG said that the ship was located at Bonito Island, in Tingloy, Maricaban. Personnel of the Coast Guard Sub-station in Tingloy are now on their way to assist five crew members who are taking shelter at Bonito Island while waiting for a tug boat to provide towing assistance.

The PCG has yet to provide further details on the two maritime incidents.

On Sunday, Philippine-flagged cargo vessel MV Good Fortune also encountered engine trouble while sailing through rough waters off Ubay, Bohol. All crew members of the cargo vessel were found safe during the search and rescue operation.

Balilo added they are also conducting search-and-rescue operations for seven missing fishermen in Northern Samar.

In its 5 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Quinta was last spotted 310 kilometers west of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 is still up over Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, Calamian Islands, and the extreme northern portion of Antique.

Rough to very rough seas will prevail over the seaboards of areas under the storm warning signal, and sea travel remains risky for all types of sea vessel over these waters.

Weather bureau PAGASA warned that mariners of small seacrafts must take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea.

The NDRRMC said to date, no casualties have been reported due to Quinta.