A 43-year-old Boholano oil tanker crewman was rescued by Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel after suffering stoke mid-sea on Sunday.
Based on PCG reports, Andrew Bahalla had suffered from stroke when he was taken to Corregidor Island, Bataan by the MT Bow Neon which flies a Norwegian flag.
Bahalla was then reportedly transported by the PCG from the island to the Manila Doctors Hospital.
According to the PCG Public Affairs Office, they received an email from the ship’s captain Yevgeniy Stokolos asking for authorities to immediately evacuate Bahalla from the vessel for treatment.
This prompted the PCG’s Action Center in Manila to set out on board the BRP Malabrigo, a multi-response vessel, to fetch the victim from the foreign ship at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
For his part, Antequera Councilor Ritchie Tongco confirmed that Bahalla is a resident of Barangay Ceiling of the said town.
The victim has long been a seaman and is the husband of one Joy Bahalla, he said.
As of this report’s posting, Bahalla continued to be treated at the Manila Doctors Hospital. (RT)