4 fishermen, 2 researchers missing due to 'Gener'

Posted at 07/30/12 3:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Four fishermen and two marine researchers went missing at the height of the onslaught of tropical storm “Gener” on Sunday, officials said.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Director Benito Ramos Jr. said four unidentified fishermen from Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro were reported missing after setting sail on Sunday.

Ramos said the fishermen still ventured out into the sea, thinking that the tropical storm will have little effect in the province.

The local government of Rosario, Cavite under Mayor Nonong Ricafrente, meanwhile, reported that two marine researchers from research firm Geoconsult were also missing.

He said the two researchers, who were doing work for the Philippine Reclamation Authority, last called them at around 2 a.m. Monday to tell them that their boat was swept in Parañaque area.

Based on PAGASA’s 11 a.m. weather bulletin, tropical storm Gener maintained its north northwest direction at 11 kilometers per hour.

PAGASA said Gener continues to endanger extreme northern Luzon. As of 10 a.m., it was spotted 360 kilometers east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or 290 kilometers east southeast of Basco, Batanes.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 135 kph.

Signal number 2 is still raised over Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands and Batanes Group of Islands while signal number one remains hoisted over Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao.

Gener was also enhancing the southwest monsoon, bringing rains and moderate to strong winds over Luzon and Visayas especially the western section.