JAGNA–As typhoon Mina's wrath sweeps through the wide open sea between Northern Mindanao particularly Misamis Oriental and Southeastern Bohol that includes this town on November 27, a group of transient fishermen almost got carried away to oblivion. It was dark as the heavy downpour chased off the sunlight. A group of fishermen from Libertad, Misamis Oriental, but were temporarily based here for several weeks to catch flying fish, had their share of the fateful day.
The typhoon wind sent giant waves, lashing on their fishing boats when two of their companions, 37-year-old Nixel Cesnires and 22-year-old Jezel Jimenez, both married, got separated from the group. Their group leader and fellow fishermen lost them after rounds of strong wind dashed on their fishing boat, while negotiating the seawaters between Bohol and Mindanao in heading this town's shores. Cesnires and Jimenez were last seen on board an HD 30 Mitsubishi diesel engine-powered pumpboat. The group hardly reached the shore in their return late afternoon, leaving behind the two buddies.
They attempted to compose themselves to search and rescue the two but their team leader, Angelo Buenavista, tripped on the deck, his head hit the engine guard at the big swing of waves on their vessel. Their attention was diverted to him who needed to be rushed to the hospital for the cut in his face. As the report reached the office of the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC, chaired by Mayor Exuperio Lloren, MDCC designated in-charge Eli Doria immediately resort to all available radio stations and other telecommunications facilities to help disseminate the information. On November 29, a text message from Barangay Captain Rudy Payo of San Bernardo Triana Limasawa, in Southern Leyte reached the MDCC, informing that Cesnires and Jimenez were found stranded on their shores. The two then were sent back here in the afternoon.