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Styro Saves……

Rescued fisherman survived on slippers, Styrofoam

By Roel Pareño ( | Updated January 20, 2014 – 1:20pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A fisherman stranded for five days at sea was forced to eat his slippers and  styrofoam chest to survive his ordeal.

Jerry Kirit Gahonera, 39, was washed out by the big waves spawned by Tropical Depression Agaton last January 12 while on board his pumpboat during a fishing venture with other fishermen in waters off Siaton, Negros Oriental.

Gahonera, who was spotted clinging on to his capsized pumpboat by the villagers of Sitio Sinonoc, Barangay Kauswagan, Baliguian town in Zamboanga del Norte, was rescued by the police authorities on Friday.

He said that he felt severe hunger after two days of drifting on the sea with nothing to eat and drink.
Gahonera said he never lost hope and thought of his three children and wife.

“I started eating bits of my slippers and Styrofoam,” the fisherman said in Filipino as he recounted his fivey-day ordeal.

Gahonera was already being prepared to be sent to his home in the Visayas.

Banning is NOT the Solution


Photo Courtesy of UST Varsitarian (Official publication of the University of Santo Tomas)

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Recycling Involves Everyone

How can the public help in addressing the issues on the environment

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