March 15, 2019
Chinese surveyors of island bridges project rescue two Filipino fishermen at sea.
AT 7:20 a.m. on March 1, the marine water depth measurement team from the CCCC Highway Consultants Co., which was working on the China-aided ”Feasibility Study of the PGN Island Bridge Project in the Philippines,” found two overturned and broken boats in Guimaras Strait. The surveyors immediately started rescue operations and successfully saved two fishermen who were in danger of being overwhelmed by waves and drowning.
Surveyor Feng Minhua recalled that at about 7 a.m., the team was busy with survey work in the Guimaras Strait. At that time, the waves in the survey area were about 2 to 3 meters high, and the sea conditions were bad. As the survey ship sailed 5 kilometers away from the coast, the captain suddenly made out human figures floating amid the waves in the distance. Without hesitation, the surveyors immediately asked the captain to sail to the figures as fast as they could. As they came close, the surveyors heard calls for help apparently coming from two fishermen holding on to the planks of a broken small fishing boat. The voices were faint because the two were exhausted.
As the waves were becoming bigger because of the rising tide, the two fishermen were in great danger. They faced having the planks overturned and drowned by the waves. The surveyors and the crew immediately threw life ropes and life jackets to the fishermen. After ensuring that the two were attached to the life-saving devices, the surveyor and the crew slowly pulled them on to their ship. After the rescue of the fishermen, the survey ship also managed to tow the two damaged fishing boats back to the Sibunag wharf.
Having calmed down, the two fishermen explained the cause of their accident. They said they lived near the Sibunag wharf which was about 10 km away. They went out to fish early in the morning when the tide was low. However, the sea conditions suddenly changed and the wind and waves started. Overcome by the wind and waves, the two boats collapsed and shattered. The two fishermen were exhausted after floating in the sea for more than an hour. As no ship passed by, and the boats were too small to be seen, they became quite desperate. They considered themselves lucky to have been discovered and rescued by the Chinese surveyors working in the area.
After returning to the wharf, the two fishermen and their families expressed their deep gratitude to the surveyors. They thanked the Chinese for rescuing them and saving their fishing boats without claiming any charges.
The Feasibility Study of the PGN Island Bridge Project is being undertaken with technical assistance from China, by the CCCC Highway Consultants Co. Chinese President Xi Jinping witnessed the signing of the implementation agreement of the project when he came on a state visit to the Philippines on Nov. 20, 2018.
BY THE EMBASSY OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
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