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Rappler's latest stories on search and rescue


International laws spell out duty to rescue persons at sea

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:19 AM

This duty 'can be considered as another side of the right to life, which every individual enjoys under human rights law,' according to a 2016 paper

Rescuers search for survivors in deadly Indonesian landslide

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:40 PM

5 people are reported dead, while at least 38 are missing after the landslide

LANDSLIDE. This handout picture taken and released by Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, on January 1, 2019 shows rescue workers searching for survivors after a landslide triggered by heavy rain hit Sukabumi, West Java province.ficial said on January 1, 2019. Photo from Handout / Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana / AFP

US Marine missing in Sulu Sea

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:12 AM

(3RD UPDATE) 'The Marine was reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea, August 9,' says the 13th Marine Expedition Unit

SEARCH OPERATIONS. US Navy, US Marine, and Philippine ships and aircraft are scouring the Sulu Sea for the missing US Marine. File photo from the US Pacific Fleet

DSWD activates national disaster response operation for Urduja

Dec 15, 2017 - 6:19 PM

According to DSWD officer-in-charge Emmanuel Leyco, the response cluster will provide emergency response and humanitarian assistance to affected areas

EVACUEES. Children play in an evacuation center in Eastern Samar, where Tropical Storm Urduja is expected to make land fall on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The measure is aimed at non governmental organizations which Libya accuses of facilitating illegal migration

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Pet dogs can be trained for search and rescue operations – MMDA

Jul 07, 2017 - 9:25 PM

At the Agos Summit MMDA s Ramon Santiago calls on the public to volunteer their dogs for K9 search and rescue training

Day 1 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 6, 2017.

MMDA trains pet dogs to be lifesavers

Apr 24, 2017 - 8:24 PM

The MMDA K 9 team is training everyday pet owners and their dogs to be life saving heroes in times of disasters

WOMAN'S BEST FRIEND. The MMDA says any dog can be trained to be a search dog. Photo credit: Rappler

News Briefs: March 23, 2017

Mar 23, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday March 23

De Lima, German hostage, Trump | Midday wRap

Feb 27, 2017 - 1:00 PM

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WATCH: Red alert: DSWD activates disaster response teams in Caraga

Feb 11, 2017 - 7:14 PM

UPDATED The lead agency for disaster response will conduct round the clock monitoring of the situation in areas affected by the magnitude 6 7 quake that hit Mindanao

fDISASTER RESPONSE. The Response Cluster of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is activated at 5pm, Saturday, February 11. Photo courtesy of DOTR Asec. Cesar Chavez

1 dead, 2 missing after flash floods hit Laguna, Quezon

Jun 06, 2016 - 2:14 PM

The 3 victims are guests at the mountainside Dalitiwan Resort in Majayjay town Laguna

AirAsia cancels flights, denies pilot revolt to blame

Dec 02, 2015 - 7:09 PM

AirAsia founder Tony Fernandes says flu epidemic among pilots is what caused canceled flights on day AirAsia crash report was released

PILOT REVOLT? Canceled flights trigger rumours that pilots are unhappy with conditions in AirAsia. Photo by AFP

Poor pilot emergency training to blame for AirAsia crash: analysts

Dec 02, 2015 - 2:48 PM

This will have a detrimental impact on AirAsia as a whole

Pilots were said to have risked vertigo by flying at 500-1000 feet above sea water for many hours until they found debris and bodies.  Photo by AFP

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes on crash probe: 'We will not leave any stone unturned'

Dec 01, 2015 - 4:58 PM

In a series of tweets Fernandes responds to the results of the investigation that blamed system error and crew action

'SCARS.' CEO of AirAsia Tony Fernandes attending a funeral ceremony for Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi, a flight attendant onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501, in Palembang, on Jan. 2. File photo by AFP

What caused AirAsia crash? Faulty control system, crew action

Dec 01, 2015 - 3:36 PM

Repeated problems with the system led to the pilots disengaging the autopilot in stormy weather in a bid to fix the situation and then losing control of the plane

Image apparently showing the back part of the plane on the sea bed. Image from Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen's Facebook page

PH Coast Guard searching for 13 missing crew of sunken ship

Nov 28, 2015 - 6:24 PM

A passing vessel rescues 6 of the crew members of the Panamanian registered M V Fortune Life which sank on November 27

SUNKEN SHIP. M/V Fortune Life capsizes on November 27.

TIMELINE: What happened to AirAsia QZ8501?

Nov 24, 2015 - 5:50 PM

Here is a timeline from the day the plane crashed to other developments leading to the announcement on the investigation s results on Tuesday December 1

Image apparently showing the back part of the plane on the sea bed. Image from Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen's Facebook page

Needed: Large trucks for Typhoon Lando rescue teams

Oct 19, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Rescue teams need transport assistance to reach areas flooded by Typhoon Lando

HELP NEEDED. Filipino rescuers cross a bridge at an overflowing river in Cabanatuan city, northern Manila, Philippines, 19 October 2015. Typhoon Koppu triggered flash floods and landslides in the northern Philippines killing at least four people and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, officials said. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Rescuers end search for Ormoc sea tragedy victims

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Rescuers say all leads have been exhausted and there are no more sightings of missing passengers of MB Kim Nirvana which sank on July 2 off Ormoc City

LAST MAN RESCUED. Authorities announce on July 8, 2015, the end of search and rescue operations for passengers of a vessel that sank off Ormoc City 6 days earlier. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Dogs to the rescue! Coast Guard trains K-9s for disaster response

Jun 26, 2015 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED The Labrador Retrievers Jack Russels German Shepherds Golden Retrievers and Belgian Malinois will also be trained to sniff illegal drugs and explosives

RESCUERS. The Philippine Coast Guard will train 20 canines at its search and rescue base in Romblon for 6 months. PCG photo

Rescuers race against clock to find survivors of China ship

Jun 03, 2015 - 6:03 AM

Chinese rescuers work through the night in a desperate race to find survivors from a capsized cruise ship with more than 400 people still missing after the boat sank in a storm on the Yangtze river

‘OVERNIGHT BATTLE.’ Rescuers on a rescue boat on the Yangtze River as they search for missing passengers of a capsized tourist ship in Jianli, Hubei province, China, late 02 June 2015. Photo by Wu Hong / EPA

SAR lanjutkan pencarian mahasiswa jatuh ke kawah Merapi

May 18, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Eri Yunanto terjatuh saat turun dari bebatuan tinggi setelah mengambil foto

Foto terakhir dari Eri Yunanto yang dilaporkan jatuh ke kawah Gunung Merapi. Foto dari Instagram @bagusdeni.

Filipinos help Nepalese in time of need

May 08, 2015 - 2:52 PM

A team of Filipinos is in Nepal to provide much needed assistance and food to the survivors of a devastating earthquake The Filipino disaster experts say it is their humble way of repaying the kindness extended by Nepal to the Philippines

FIRST AID. Dr Ted Esguerra checks on the health conditions of villagers from Ichowk Village in Nepal.

PH Red Cross deploy search and rescue team to Nepal

May 04, 2015 - 3:37 PM

The Philippine Red Cross search and rescue team is in Nepal to assist in the search and retrieval of survivors and bodies

Philippine Red Cross deployed members of its search and rescue team to assist in Nepal. Photo courtesy of Ranny Magno

Indonesia pledges AirAsia probe as plane parts found

Jan 03, 2015 - 10:41 PM

Search teams find four large parts of the airline s plane that crashed into the sea last weekend

SEARCH AND RESCUE. An official from Indonesia's national search and rescue agency in Medan, North Sumatra points at his computer screen to the position where AirAsia flight QZ8501 went missing off the waters of Indonesia. Photo by Sutanta Aditya/AFP

AirAsia plane may have managed to ditch: experts

Jan 01, 2015 - 7:50 PM

Experts say the results of the initial phase of search and rescue operations suggest the pilot may have conducted an emergency water landing before the plane was overcome by high seas

TRAGIC FLIGHT. Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to set off to search at sea for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Manggar in East Belitung on December 30, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia resumes search for missing AirAsia plane

Dec 29, 2014 - 8:04 AM

UPDATED Malaysia Singapore and Australia deploy aircraft and ships to join the search

ROUTES. An Indonesian Transport Ministry officer shows the airline routes on a map at Sukarno Hatta International airport in Cengkareng, Banten, Indonesia, 28 December2014. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

'Papa, come home': Relatives of AirAsia passengers wait in agony

Dec 28, 2014 - 10:03 PM

Relatives of people aboard missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501 are getting anxious as the search for the plane is suspended on Sunday evening December 28

WAITING. A relative holds up a phone showing a photo that was allegedly taken and sent before by the person in the photo before boarding the missing Malaysian carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. Photo by Aman/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: AirAsia Flight QZ8501

Dec 28, 2014 - 4:24 PM

UPDATED AirAsia flight QZ 8501 on a routine flight from Surabaya Indonesia to Singapore went missing early Sunday December 28 with a total of 162 people on board Bodies and debris have been recovered This is what we know so far

Indonesia, Singapore lead search ops for AirAsia plane

Dec 28, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Transportation Minister Ignasius Johan said the plane s last position was detected near Tanjung Pandan Belitung not far from the coast line ”

EPA file photo

Coast Guard ends search for missing ferry passenger

Sep 17, 2014 - 3:11 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will now focus on the investigation of the maritime mishap off the coast of Leyte which led to 8 deaths

Death toll in ferry sinking rises to 8, one still missing

Sep 15, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Updated Aside from the 3 fatalities reported on Sunday 5 more bodies including an infant girl about 2 years old have been recovered off the coast of Southern Leyte

Chinese ship sinks Vietnam fishing boat: Vietnam official

May 27, 2014 - 11:00 AM

UPDATED A Vietnamese maritime safety official confirms the ramming of the vessel with the 10 fishermen on board now safe and on land

Australia warns of long haul as hunt for MH370 goes on

Apr 12, 2014 - 2:03 PM

UPDATED Australia PM Tony Abbott warned that locating Flight MH370 would still likely take a long time stepping back from his earlier hint that a breakthrough was imminent

SEARCH ONGOING. A handout picture made available by the Australian Defense on April 10 2014 shows Gunner Richard Brown (L) on lookout on the forecastle of the Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Perth in search of debris from missing Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 during Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN on April 7 2014. HMAS Perth has joined the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez/EPA/RAN HANDOUT

Former Australia defense boss to head MH370 search: reports

Mar 30, 2014 - 7:32 AM

Former Australian defense chief Angus Houston will take over coordination of the international search effort for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

HEAD OF SEARCH. Former Australian defense chief Angus Houston will take over coordination of the international search effort for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Photo from AFP

'Davao 95% ready for Agaton'

Jan 19, 2014 - 5:02 PM

Search and resuce teams have been told to be ready to respond to possible landslides and floods

VIDEO: SBMA fire and rescue team on saving lives

Dec 19, 2013 - 9:45 PM

One of the best rescue groups in the country talks about the business of saving lives

Israel sends humanitarian mission to Philippines

Nov 14, 2013 - 4:58 AM

The Israeli mission consists of 148 specialists who will provide medical as well as search and rescue services in Tacloban

13 mountaineers stranded in Mt Apo

Oct 07, 2013 - 6:37 PM

Kidapawan City s search and rescue unit is presently securing the mountaineers

In the shadow of a mountain

Apr 18, 2013 - 6:25 PM

For the many faceless volunteers I met in the deep gullies and sun bleached ridges of Maculot during the search this story is for you

Hopes fade in search for survivors of Tibet landslide

Mar 31, 2013 - 1:48 PM

Hope is fading fast that Chinese search and rescue teams would find survivors in a Tibetan landslide

Rappler Newscast | December 5, 2012

Dec 05, 2012 - 8:51 PM

The death toll from typhoon Pablo international name Bopha rises to at least 274 people President Aquino says the government’s priority is to rescue and care for evacuees in areas ravaged by typhoon Pablo The Supreme Court says Zaldy Ampatuan is a suspect in the Maguindanao massacre

2 Korean divers found dead in Batangas

Dec 01, 2012 - 10:58 AM

The bodies of two missing Korean divers are found in Maricaban Batangas by the Philippine Navy on Friday November 30

7 dead after boat sinks off Tawi-Tawi

Sep 20, 2012 - 7:48 AM

At least 7 people are reported dead and 5 are missing after a boat capsized off Tawi Tawi early Thursday September 20

BOAT CAPSIZES off Tawi-Tawi. Image from Google Maps

#MasbateCrash: A day of grief and remembrance

Aug 21, 2012 - 7:21 PM

After 3 days of search and rescue operations Jesse Robredo s body was found at sea and brought to his family by President Aquino himself

JESSE ROBREDO IN 2006 before joining the cabinet

'We can’t lose Robredo’

Aug 19, 2012 - 10:55 PM

I guess this is the effort that we put out for Secretary Jess Essentially this is family We do it for family says deputy presidential spokesperson Abigal Valte

Search for Robredo suspended until Monday

Aug 19, 2012 - 7:40 PM

Diving and aerial search and rescue operations for Robredo and his two companions have been suspended again for the night and will resume on Monday But surface search continues says Transportation Secretary Roxas

VLOG: Masbate somber but hopeful for Robredo rescue

Aug 19, 2012 - 1:48 PM

Divers deployed to rescue Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo face many odds in the waters of Masbate

'We're doing everything to save a good man' - Roxas

Aug 19, 2012 - 3:04 AM

President Aquino and DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas are scheduled to fly to Masbate early Sunday morning

DOTC eyes P500-M purchase of search-and-rescue equipment

Mar 20, 2012 - 5:09 PM

The Transportation Department said it will accept bids for the P500 million program to purchase rubber boats and other equipment to boost rescue and relief efforts during disasters