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Divers Adrift Eight Hours in the Philippines

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Many Undercurrent readers are familiar with Apo Island and its population of green turtles, just a short boat ride from Dumaguete, Dauin, on the island of Negros Oriental in the Philippines. So it will be a shock to hear that on January 29 two divers, Canadian Matthew La France, 41, and an American, Sway Rawla, 30, became separated from their dive boat and drifted eight hours at sea.

They had surfaced at a prearranged spot to find no sign of their boat and they drifted at the surface in the Bohol Sea until 10.26 pm, when the crew of a passing cargo vessel, the MV Fortune Gold, heard their whistles and cries for help and rescued them nearly 12 miles from Apo Island. The strong current would have carried the two farther south to the Mindanao Sea....


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