Baguio City Swan Boats Use to Save Typhoon-hit Residents in Cagayan
The Baguio City iconic swan boats were sent to Cagayan to be used as transportation to rescue residents affected by massive flooding.
Public Information Agency Cordillera reported on Thursday, that swan boats from Baguio City have arrived in Cagayan province to be used to rescue those stranded in the floods. The boats arrived in towns severely flooded due to typhoon Ulysses, particularly the town of Amulung.
The news added that swan boats are not only for rescue but also for comforting children affected by the floods. The swan boats, a popular attraction at Burnham Park in Baguio City.
The boats were lent by Baguio residents and boat owners Osorio Celso and Elvira Celso after discovering the need for a rescue operation. The Baguio City Police Office had earlier said that the lending of boats was part of their “Oplan Tulong” to the victims of the massive floods in the Cagayan Valley region.
According to Philippine National Police Cordillera, pontoon boats can carry ten persons at a time. These are ideal boats “since the fiberglass hulls are not easily punctured as compared to that of rubber boats.”
Cagayan province was hit by massive flooding due to Typhoon Ulysses on November 11. After that, the massive flooding gets even worse after the Magat Dam releases a huge amount of water.
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