LOST AND FOUND. Fisherman Robert D. Dela Cruz, 39, of Pantalan Uno, Surigao City thanks Gemma D. Dela Cruz, Social Welfare Officer 4 of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) after having been reunited with his family. Drifting at sea and feeding on raw fish for 21 days after missing his fishing vessel, Dela Cruz was rescued by Indian vessel M/T Seri Begawan 51 nautical miles southeast of Anguar Palau Island. He was then turned over to Capt. Marco Antonio P. Gines, Skipper of BRB Tubbataha (MRRV-4401), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). PCG then endorsed Dela Cruz on Monday to DSWD Davao Region officials who in turn handed over Dela Cruz to his wife Ronalyn and mother Bernandita.
“I am very grateful that I am here and alive. I did not expect to survive. I entrusted all to God. Thanks to all of you who have helped me return to my family alive and well,” Dela Cruz declared. His wife said, “We are very thankful to God that my husband has been found and rescued,” while his mother added, “We did not expect him to make it because it’s been 21 days already. Thank God and thank you all.” (DSWD)