48IB and 70IB Troopers Rescued Nine Students

    photo4Troops of the 48th Infantry (Guardians) Battalion rescued nine students of Bulacan State University (BSU) last June 9, 2018, 7:20 in the morning, Saturday.

    Students from the said university got stranded at Mt. Natib in Orani, Bataan due to the continuous rain fall caused by Typhoon Domeng.

    Based on the report, said students went on hiking to Mt. Natib despite of the inclement weather on June 8, 2018 at 2:00 in the afternoon. The barangay officials of Barangay Tala prohibit trekking at the said mountain but they insisted on their climb even without a guide. They did not even registered their names to the log book prior to their trek.

    The barangay officials immediately contacted the unit under 70IB upon learning that the students were already stranded at the peak of the mountain. 48IB also received a text message requesting for a search and rescue operations past midnight of June 8.

    Charlie Company of the 48IB immediately coordinated with Bulacan Provincial Police Office and Metro Bataan Development Authority (MBDA) and planned the search and rescue operation.

    The search and rescue operation was conducted at 6:00 in the morning of the following day. The team was composed of troops from 48IB, 70IB and personnel from Bulacan PPO and MBDA. Sergeant Edwin Altas and his team from 48IB located the students who were already shivering due to the incessant rain fall at 7:20 a.m. Troops of 70IB from Tala Patrol Base performed first aid to the students.

    It was later found out that the students reached the summit at around 8:00 in the evening and were not able to descend from the peak.

    Major General Felimon T Santos Jr AFP, Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division commended the actions of 48IB. He said that 7ID is always prepared to conduct search and rescue operations most especially these times that the rainy season has begun.

    Lieutenant Colonel Arnel B Cabugon, Commanding Officer of 48IB said that the Guardians Troopers are always ready to help the people.

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