LUCENA CITY – Two Turkish nationals have been rescued after their yacht caught fire and exploded off the town of Nasugbu in Batangas province on Friday June 16.
Batangas Police in a report on Saturday June 17, said Erdinc Turerer, 62, and Ergel Abdulla, 40, were sailing when their yacht was battered by strong waves near Limbones Island in Barangay ( village) Papaya around 3 am.
The continued shaking caused the contents of the reserved fuel tank to spill into the engine room, which caught fire, causing the explosion.
Both victims were able to jump from the yacht before the explosion, police said.
Turerer was rescued by fishermen while Abdulla was rescued by another fishing boat at another location.
Turerer suffered first-degree burns to his legs and right arm while Abdulla was unharmed.
The victims were taken to Jabez Medical Center in Nasugbu and are now in stable condition.
The report says the two sailors started sailing from San Isidro town in Leyte province to Ilocos Norte province.
However, the report did not mention whether Turerer and Abdulla were tourists.
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