SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Antique fisherman who was rescued in Agutaya Island in Palawan on June 6 has safely arrived in his home here on Wednesday evening.
Dante Mahilum, 44, of Barangay Magbato North in this capital town, left on May 29, 2021 to go fishing.
On June 4, his wife Mildred reported to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Antique station about his missing husband after a fisherman from Sta. Teresa, Occidental Mindoro informed her that they saw his boat floating between the waters of Agutaya and Mindoro with no one on board.
PCG Antique on June 6 received a call from another fisherman that Mahilum was found wading on the high waters of Agutaya after his boat has capsized.
On June 8, Mahilum was transported back to Antique via Estancia, Iloilo by the FBCA Jot 18 owned by Jessie Tayo, whose crew was responsible for his rescue.
“He said that his fishing boat was hit by lightning that is why it was damaged and capsized,” Dailene Mahilum, the rescued fisherman’s sister, said in an interview Thursday.
She added that their family was overjoyed for his return as they considered his rescue as his second life.
Fishing is his brother’s livelihood to feed his wife and two children, she said.
He bought the boat using borrowed money. Since the boat was damaged, he also lost his only means of livelihood and no longer has means to repay, Dailene added.
“I am appealing to whoever would have a heart if they could provide Dante another fishing boat,” she said.
PCG Antique Station Deputy Commander Senior Chief Petty Officer Alan Mandado said that the FBCA Jot 18 was also fishing in the vicinity of Agutaya Island on June 2.
They immediately rescued Mahilum when they saw him wading on the high waters.
His family, however, was informed two days after the rescue due to poor communication signal in the area. (PNA)