by Michele Catahay

Guam - The five boaters who left on an international voyage from Guam bound for Cebu, Philippines are safe and unharmed. According to U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Controller LTJG Justin Valentino, officials received a call at around 1:20 Sunday afternoon informing units that the group is okay. The five are on a sailing vessel The Pineapple, a 38', twin-hulled catamaran. Today, officials have confirmed that the boaters are located at Lady Gulf and will be heading to Cebu.

Officials say that when the group was close enough to the Philippine islands to have mobile phone coverage, one of the crew members called her husband, who in turn, relayed the message to the Coast Guard. The vessel left Guam on January 6 and the voyage was only supposed to last for about ten days.