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16 climbers stranded in Quezon mountain rescued by AFP


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16 climbers stranded in Quezon mountain rescued by AFP

Article posted January 27, 2008 - 04:58 PM
Government forces rescued 16 employees of an advertising firm who were stranded from their trekking in Mt. Sto Cristobal in Dolores town in Quezon since Saturday, the military’s Southern Luzon Command reported Sunday.

Solcom spokesman Maj. Randolph Cabangbang said two of the rescued mountaineers, identified as Eric Sanchez, 36, of Las Piñas City, and Mhogs Angeles, 30, of Pasay
, were injured and have been taken to Solcom Hospital in Lucena City.

Cabangbang could not say when the 16 employees of the advertising firm Pencil Incorporated climbed the mountain but said one of the mountaineers sent a text message to an Air Force officer-friend last Saturday to report that they have been stranded.

The message was later relayed to the 202nd Brigade, which immediately organized a team led by the 740th Combat Group. The search and rescue team was dispatched around 1 a.m. Sunday, said 202nd Brigade spokesman Capt. Peter Garceniego Jr.

Around 10 a.m., Garceniego said 10 of the mountaineers were found by soldiers. They were
Sanchez, Angeles, Sam Kabiling, Jeremy Reyes, Teri Binambang, Jean Aparis, Alex Madrona, Coy Roxas, Jaime Magpayo and Arnold Garchitorena.

About an hour later, Garceniego said soldiers found six others who were at a “shouting distance" from the 10 mountaineers earlier recovered. The six are Michael Nisperos, Ian Belmonte, Oliver John Gomez, Resus Belmonte, Tady Diaz and Reg Romanilios.

Garceniego said the two injured were airlifted by an Air Force helicopter to the
Solcom Hospital despite bad weather.

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