PCG officer to receive international award after saving 62 lives in sea tragedy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2020   •   702

Probationary Ensign (P/Ens) Ralph O. Barajan will be awarded for his bravery after saving 62 lives when MV Siargao Princess sank in the waters of Cebu last November 2019.

Barajan will receive the 2020 International Maritime Organization – IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).


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PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr. commended the selfless efforts of P/Ens Barajan in ensuring the safety of his fellow Filipinos.

“P/Ens Barajan’s display of courage, determination, and presence of mind which led to the successful rescue of 62 victims, including himself is indeed worthy of emulation and respect for him, his family, and for the PCG – as a perfect demonstration of the Coast Guard service,” he said.

MV Siargao Princess, on November 2019, encountered big waves which resulted in flooding inside the vessel. It sank in less than ten minutes after an “abandon ship” order was declared.

“While floating on the water and waiting for rescue, P/Ens Barajan tied the lifejackets of passengers and crew members in groups so that everyone remained secured,” according to the PCG. AAC

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1 dead, 22 rescued after boat capsizes off Quezon province

Robie de Guzman   •   November 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – One person died while 22 others were rescued on Monday after a passenger motorbanca sank off the town of Atimonan in Quezon province, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

The PCG said the boat, Gesu de Bambino, was carrying 17 passengers and six crew members and was on its way to Perez town when it capsized around 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

The coast guard said the incident occurred after the boat encountered engine trouble and strong waves.

“One of the six crew members died due to drowning,” the PCG reported.

All 17 passengers were successfully rescued and were immediately brought to Alabat, Quezon for further assistance, it added.

PCG K9 force celebrates bark-day of two rescue, explosive-detection dogs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2020

The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) K9 Force has celebrated the birthday of two of their rescue and explosive-detection dogs, Britney and Barley.

Both dogs are members of the Coast Guard Working Dogs (CGWDs).

Britney is a search and rescue dog and has been awarded the “Dog of the Year Unit Award” for two consecutive years. Barley, meanwhile, is an explosive detection dog.

BELATED HAPPY BARKDAY, BRITNEY AND BARLEY! 🐕🐾The K9 Force of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) warmly celebrated the…

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Both CGWD Britney and CGWD Barley have been actively serving the PCG since 2016.

The PCG said the two dogs received dog food, vitamins, and medicines for deworming from the Local Government of Zamboanga. AAC

Rescue ops ongoing in flooded areas in Metro Manila, Rizal – PCG

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines ­– The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Thursday said it has deployed more rescue teams, boats, and other assets to aid families affected by widespread floods due to Typhoon Ulysses.

The PCG said that as of 1 p.m. Thursday, it has mobilized a total of 20 rescue teams composed of at least 72 personnel to assist families trapped in their flooded homes in Metro Manila and nearby provinces such as Rizal and Cavite.

The rescue teams were equipped with search and rescue gears, 10 rubber boats, six aluminum boats, 11 multi-purpose vehicles and three trucks, the agency added.

The PCG also sent additional rubber boats and vehicles to Marikina City to help evacuate families who have climbed to their rooftops or sought higher ground as Ulysses’ strong winds and torrential rains inundated large swaths of Luzon.

The local government of Marikina earlier called on the national government to assist in rescue operations as the water level in Marikina river rose to over 20 meters, prompting forced evacuation.

Authorities in Rizal also reported heavy flooding in the towns of Rodriquez and San Mateo. Local officials have also coordinated with the PCG to facilitate rescue operations.

The PCG also reported that it has helped evacuate to safety senior citizens residing in Hospicio de San Jose in San Miguel, Manila after floodwaters entered the building.

The coast guard said it has five remaining teams on standby at its national headquarters for possible augmentation to ongoing evacuation and rescue efforts.


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