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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Two rescued, 2 missing;
air, sea travel cancelled

Two Negros Occidental fishermen were rescued, while two others remained missing at sea yesterday amid strong waves brought on by Typhoon Glenda.

Typhoon Glenda also prompted the Philippine Coast Guard to cancel sea travel from northern Negros Occidental to Cebu yesterday, while Philippine Airlines said it is cancelling flights to and from the Bacolod Silay Airport today.

PAL has posted the flights to be cancelled today on its Facebook page.

Lt. Commander Glen Daraug, Philippine Coast Guard-Bacolod chief, said sea travel from San Carlos City to Toledo, Escalante City to Tabuelan and Cadiz City to Bantayan was cancelled yesterday as public storm signal number one had been hoisted over northern Cebu.

Sea travel from Bacolod to Panay was not cancelled as no storm signal had been hoisted over the area, he added.

Meanwhile, fishermen Rodgie Sibungga, 32, and Nolie Espinosa, 49.

suffered from hypothermia and bruises when big waves trigged by Typhoon Glenda caused their banca to capsize off the coast of Pontevedra town in Negros Occidental yesterday morning.

The two ventured out to sea at 8 a.m. and at 9 a.m a barangay tanod sought help from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Pontevedra to rescue them, Dave Cuajao of the Provincial Disaster Management Team said.

Rescued at 10:55 a.m. about 1.5 kilometers from the shoreline of Barangay San Juan, Pontevedra, were Rodgie Sibungga, 32, and Nolie Espinosa, 49.

The fishermen, who are residents of Purok Mabolo, Barangay San Juan, were brought to the town’s rural health clinic for treatment of bruises and hypothermia as they had been floating in the sea for about two hours, Cuajao said.

Meanwhile, Soysoy, 18, and Jun, 20, both surnamed Magbanua, of Barangay Suay, Himamaylan were reported missing yesterday by the Himamaylan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Cuajao added.

The two went out to sea on a blue and white banca with the name Giselle Joy on it at 4 a.m. Monday and have not returned home, he said.

The PDMT has warned fishermen against venturing out to sea in foul weather.*CPG

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