Pelindo Engcong, 14, and Jeric Mabuka, 15, arrived safely in Barangay Konel on Balut Island, carrying only pieces of styrofoam ice chests to help them swim.
The teenagers were able to swim despite the strong waves in this ocean, especially since 9 of their family members were on the boat who experienced engine failure.
It is said that the seawater is gradually entering the boat.
Police, coast guard, and rescuers responded immediately and rescued the boat passengers with the help of the two teenagers.
Daisy Jane Katiandagho, who posted on social media a photo of the so-called “young heroes”, said the passengers arrived safely at Balut Island, which included the elderly and minors as well.
“Sila ang sumagip sa kanilang mga kasama, at kundi dahil sa kanila, maaring hindi masagip ang mga sakay,” said Daisy Jane.
Daisy Jane added that the local government has also sent aid to the families aboard the boat.
Authorities also advised to check the boat before traveling and make sure it is carrying life jackets.
Cabanatuan City robbery suspect dead in encounter
A former member of the barangay peacekeeping action team in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija was killed on Monday after an alleged encounter with the police.
The victim, Darwin Basan, is said to be a suspect in a theft there.
Witnesses positively identified the 32-year-old, who is said to be a resident of Brgy. Aduas Norte in Cabanatuan City and allegedly broke into the house of an overseas Filipino worker in a subdivision in Brgy. Sumacab Este in that city.
During the initial police investigation, the suspect allegedly stole P60,000 cash and more than P200,000 worth of watches, bags, and sweatshirts.
The follow-up and hot pursuit operations of the Philippine National Police led to the encounter against the suspect who allegedly exchanged gunfire with the police and later caused his death.