32 tourists rescued in El Nido, Palawan

Jay Zabanal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2018 05:30 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2018 01:01 PM

Thirty-two tourists were rescued from a distressed boat near Cadlao Island in El Nido by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station El Nido last Friday night.

According to PCG, they received a report at around 8 p.m. that a motor boat, MBCA Mellow Yellow, needed assistance. 

They immediately coordinated with Palawan Rescue 165 for a joint search and rescue operation due to the large number of passengers. 

The search and rescue operation began around 9 p.m. and was successfully concluded before 10 p.m.

Among the rescued passengers were 23 Filipinos, 2 Swedes, 2 Americans, 2 British, and 3 Slovenians. They were reported to be in good condition.

The boat captain was advised to present a certificate of seaworthiness before the vessel can be allowed to resume operation.