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Navy troops rescue 4 during height of Typhoon Ulysses in CamSur

November 24, 2020 - Tuesday 8:11 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image RESCUE. Troops from the Naval Special Operations Unit-3 (NAVSOU-3) rescue residents who were suffocated by generator fumes inside their house in Barangay Sta. Barbara, Nabua, Camarines Sur during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses in the early morning on November 12, 2020. The rescue mission was conducted successfully with the help of barangay officials. (Photo courtesy of NAVSOU-3)

MANILA – Four residents who were suffocated by generator fumes inside their house were saved by the disaster response team of Naval Special Operations Unit-3 (NAVSOU-3) during a rescue mission in flood-hit Barangay Sta. Barbara in Nabua, Camarines Sur during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses in the early morning on November 12.

In a news release, the NAVSOU-3 said two of the victims, identified as Christine Bitonio, 21, and Mary Joy Pana, 20, were then critical and had difficulty in breathing while the others were identified as Christine Rachel Jane Buendia, 15, and Edison Coros, 20, were both still conscious but ambulatory.

When Typhoon Ulysses crossed the Bicol region, the NAVSOU-3 received and responded to a distress call at around 4:30 a.m. by boarding a truck and loaded their rubber boat and outboard motor (OBM). Together with a barangay official and a volunteer, they immediately proceeded to the nearest barangay where they could launch the boat and activate the OBM.

While the truck was traversing the flood and crossing through waters with a strong current, the troops pulled the boat through the rushing flood and started to launch it. The rescue team crossed the flooded rice field until they reached the riverside which is the only access to the barangay.

They crossed the running river and finally located the house where the victims were trapped.

The four victims were immediately transferred to the boat. Two of whom were ambulatory, one is coherent and the other is disoriented and sometimes unresponsive.

While on the boat, team leader Lt. Jaymar Jason, was keeping Bitonio awake.

"While transferring the victims to the truck, I noticed Miss Bitonio has stiffened and went heavy and passed out. I was alarmed so I immediately check her vital signs. She was lightly breathing and her pulse was low. I tapped and wake her up, tried every means to bring her back to her senses. Her eyes were dilated and her hands are cold (she passed out twice)," Jason said.

"I gave her a pump on her chest and she went back to her senses but still disoriented. I put her to recovery position kept her awake until such time that we arrived at where the ambulance was prepositioned," he added.

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