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Indonesian who drifted for nearly a month in the seas rescued in Tawi-Tawi

  • An Indonesian national was rescued by fishermen in Tawi-Tawi on Tuesday
  • The man said his floating cottage was cut from its anchor due to strong winds on March 19 and was cast away from the shore
  • He is now under the custody of Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi

An Indonesian national who has been drifting for nearly a month in the seas between Indonesia and the Philippines aboard his floating cottage was rescued by fishermen in Tawi Tawi, said authorities on Thursday.

Commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi Brigadier General Custodio Parcon said Indonesian Erens Pieter was spotted by several fishermen off Barangay Manuk Mangkaw, Simunul town and picked him up around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Gen. Parcon said that according to Pieter, the floating cottage was cut from its anchor due to strong winds on March 19 and was cast away from the shore.

Pieter said he was a caretaker of a fish cage for Jaring Galilea Co. in Rakit which is about 180 miles away from Manado City.

Pieter added that he tried multiple times to get help from passing sea vessels but failed.

The survivor has already undergone health check and is now under the custody of Gen. Parcon’s group in Bongao town.

“We coordinated with the Interpol Tawi-Tawi and the Indonesian Border Crossing Station (BCS) for the background check of Pieter,” Gen. Parcon said, and found out that the man has no criminal record.

“We are thankful that Pieter is well. Our troops are now currently processing his immediate return to his country with the help of concerned agencies,” he added.