Former beauty queen and actress Bianca Manalo together with her companions were rescued in Antique after their speedboat was capsized.
Aboard the boat were was her boyfriend Pandan town Mayor Jonathan Tan, actress Ehra Madrigal and husband Tom Yeung, Joyce Mallari and her two daughters, Majel Tresche, Torrebeo Barrientos, and Bennie Dable. The group was heading to Mararison Island in Culasi town.
In an interview with ABS-CBN Mayor Jonathan Tan shared the frightening experience.
“Napakabilis lang ng pangyayari, 10 to 15 seconds, tumaob na kami. Nag-panic na ang lahat. I had to do something. Kung hindi ko gagawin yun, malulunod kaming lahat”
He also mentioned that they swam for 4 kilometers for around 2 hours. Until finally they were spotted by local fishermen of Brgy. Aras-asan in Sebaste town. They all went back to rescue his companions.
“Nagpe-pray ako, sabi ko, ‘Lord, ayoko maging selfish; please save me so I can save them”
“Napaiyak talaga ako. While we were on our way pabalik sa kanila, sabi ko, ‘Makikita ko pa ba sila? Are they still there?’ Grabe talaga, parang pelikula yung pangyayari,”
Bianca Manalo , Ehra Madrigal and six others were rescued and was brought safely back to the shore.
Unfortunately, this incident had one casualty. 50 year-old Bennie Dable who is Jonathan’s cousin and bodyguard died in this accident.
Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management provided medical attention to the survivors.