Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Super-Ferry Passenger Rescued Off Bataan

A 38-year-old man who reportedly jumped off an interisland ferry that was making its way to Iloilo from Manila, the Philippine Coast Guard reported. The man, identified as Rafael Arebalo of Fairview, Quezon City, was found drifting in the sea off Lamao, Bataan.
According to the PCG, Arebalo jumped off the SuperFerry 16 while the boat was near Sangley Point, Cavite. The motive for his action was unclear. The crew of the fishing boat Nasa spotted Arebalo in the sea and hauled him on board. He was later turned over to the PCG detachment in Lamao. PCG investigation revealed that Arebalo was traveling under the name of his brother-in-law, Eliseo Portacion, who had bought his ticket in Manila. Arebalo is expected to be brought to the PCG's National Capital Region office for further investigation.

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