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More divers in C. Philippines join rescue for missing senior gov't official

08-20-2012 11:50 BJT

BORACAY Island, Philippines, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- More divers and coast guards in central Philippines' Boracay Island were added to augment forces in search for the Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two aids in Masbate Bay on Monday, a former local diving schools association head said.

Divers coming from this resort island had pledged to join the search and rescue operation efforts to locate Jessie Robredo and two of his companions who were reported missing after the ill- fated private Piper Seneca plane crashed in the sea of the Masbate on Saturday afternoon, said Mike Labatiao, former president of the Boracay Association of Scuba Diving Schools (BASDS).

He said he attended a command conference organized by the Philippine Coast Guard in central Philippines in Iloilo City Sunday night.

"We are still determining the number of volunteers who will be joining and are preparing necessary equipment right now for the immediate dispatch for search and rescue operation," said Labatiao.

Aside from the Boracay divers, elite forces from the coast guard in Western Visayas are also coming to Masbate to help the rescue efforts.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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