Wounded fisherman in Batanes resurfaces in Japan after going missing for seven days due to "Maring"

The strong currents drifted the man’s boat all the way to a Japanese island.

Manila Standard Today's Christine Herrera reports that 48-year-old Julio Balanova, a fisherman from Batanes who went missing at the height of Typhoon "Maring," was found alive on Wednesday, August 21 off the Ryukyu Island chain in Japan.


The report explained that Balanova was left stranded at sea after fishing in the Babuyan Islands because his clothes got caught in the motor of his boat. The accident "injured his legs and damaged the engine, which quit on him and allowed the strong currents to push him off course and away from Batan Island."


Although Balanova was wounded, he was able to survive for seven days "on rainwater, bananas and watermelons from Babuyan that he had hoped to bring home to his wife," said Batanes congresswoman Henedina Abad. The fisherman is currently recovering at a hospital in Okinawa and will be waiting for instructions from the Philippine Embassy in Japan for his return to the country.


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