Two Filipino soldiers save Australian sailor after he fell overboard


Two Filipino soldiers were commended yesterday for jumping into crocodile-infested waters in Darwin, Australia to save a  friend and comrade who fell overboard.


In the early morning hours of August 31, Marine Sgt Romeo Layagj and Electronic Technician (3rd Class) Wilfredo Doce – both on board the Philippine BRP Ramon Alcaraz, jumped into the dangerous waters to save an Australian sailor.

The BRP Alcaraz, with 180 crew members onboard, had been participating in naval exercises, dubbed KAKADU 2014, being held in Australia.

“During the course of Exercise KAKADU 2014, a meritorious act of courage and heroism was shown by two of our men by rescuing an Australian Navy (man) who accidentally fell overboard,” spokesman Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo said.


The saved was to go on board Royal Australian Navy (RAN) HMAS Newcastle when he fell into the water.