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MANILA - Fourteen hikers were rescued from Mt. Tarak in Mariveles, Bataan after they were trapped amid heavy rains spawned by tropical storm Marce.
Bataan police said the team of hikers went up Mt. Tarak in Barangay Alas-asin early morning of October 1 and were about to descend Wednesday when they were stranded near Papaya River due to heavy rains.
Police said the 14, all from Mapua College, called for help and personnel from Mariveles police launched search and rescue operations and were able to rescue the 14 at about 10:45 a.m.
The hikers were identified as Garnet Agustin, James Angeles, Eroy Angeles, Byron Baldivicio, Josel Ruenate, Jeo Galgana, Mar Magalong, John Manganil. Earl Molino, Karra Lopez, Kim Czar Lu, Bonn Perias, Bessy Villegas, and Jet Tabass.
No one was injured in the incident.
Meanwhile, five fishermen were rescued after huge waves destroyed their motor boats off the waters of Bagac also in Bataan.
Police said that at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Bagac police together with local fishermen from Sitio Salaman, Barangay Pag-asa, rescued the fishermen identified as Victor Burlongan, owner of M/B Francis Boat; Rosendo Espero, boat operator; and Joel Espero, Wading Agason, and Romeo Rozal.
Their two boats were also damaged because of the incident.
The victims left to fish at 4 a.m. but encountered huge waves an hour after. Police said the incident caused about P70,000 worth of damages.
Pagasa hoisted storm signal number 1 over Bataan and Zambales Wednesday as Marce neared land. Storm signals were lowered on Thursday.