Pinoy fisherman rescued in Japan arrives home
MANILA – A Filipino fisherman who went missing at sea for more than a week arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday and was met by his relatives at the airport.
The 48-year-old Julio Balanoba was reunited with his family at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport after his motor boat was swept away at sea on August 11.
Balanoba and other fishermen set sail off the coast of the Babuyan Islands during typhoon “Labuyo,” but Balanoba was isolated from the group when his boat’s engine sputtered.
He was also injured because of the rough seas.
Balanoba survived by eating watermelons and bananas he brought along with him, as strong waves swept his boat further away from Babuyan Islands.
After more than a week, he was spotted by the Japanese Coast Guard and was rescued.
Balanoba was brought by the Japanese to a hospital in Okinawa, Japan to get treatment.
Balanoba will stay with his relatives in Las Piñas before returning to his home in Batanes. -- Reports from Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News; Raoul Esperas