Philippines hunts for missing fishermen

BANGAR (Philippines): Ships and planes scoured the northern Philippine seas yesterday for dozens of fishermen missing after waves the size of two-storey buildings smashed their boats to pieces. 

LUCKY ONE: A fisherman was rescued from the sea in La Union province yesterday as the navy and coast guard struggled against rough seas and strong winds in search of dozens of men reported missing.- APpic

Forty-eight fishermen have been rescued after swimming ashore while clinging desperately to the wreckage of their boats, while at least 67 were still missing two days after gale force winds and giant waves caught them at sea, the coast guard said. One man drowned. 

Officials and survivors said the waves were huge enough to crush some of the 80 outrigger fishing boats at sea at the time. 

Scores of women in the town of Bangar – home to many of the missing fishermen – wept as they gathered under a mango tree to fervently pray for the return of their men folk. – Reuters 

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