Using their surfboards, Jericho Rosales and his wife Kim Jones helped in rescuing trapped families in Marikina after the city was submerged due to Typhoon Ulysses.
Rosales, who is an avid surfer, told ABS-CBN News that these scenario usually happens in their neighborhood.
“This morning paglabas namin, baha na. Usually kapag baha dito kasi, ganyan talaga. Laging ganyan ang problema. Sometimes walang boats or flotation devices so naglabas kami ni Kim ng surfboard,” he said.
“Okay naman [‘yung mga napuntahan namin sa bahay], safe naman sila, thank God. May mga iba lang na hindi na mapuntahan nung rescue teams kasi malakas na ‘yung agos and wala pang boats,” he added.
This is not the first time Rosales also rescued residents from their homes. In 2009, during the typhoon Ondoy, he also used his surfboard and help rescuers in Marikina.
When asked to compare the intensity of typhoons Ondoy and Ulysses, he said: “
“Wala akong data or facts pero in a sense na hindi natin nalaman na tataas ng ganito [ang baha], mas malala ito para sa akin.”
“Kasi parang paggising ng mga tao, napuyat sila kagabi, paggising nila ganyan na. Maraming taong hindi nakaalis. Based on nangyari na before tapos caught by surprise na naman tayo na ganito, I think in that sense medyo mas malala ito,” he added.
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