Baguio’s famous swan boats repurposed to rescue typhoon-affected residents
Burnham Park’s popular swan boats in Baguio City are now being repurposed to transfer flood-affected residents after typhoon Ulysses battered the Cagayan region with heavy rains and flash floods.
Vivian Celso, proprietor of the famous swan boats in Burnham Park, decided to lend four pontoon boats and a swan, said the Philippine National Police (PNP) Cordillera in a Facebook post. Her business was also greatly affected by the CoVid-19 pandemic.
According to PNP Cordillera, the repurposed boats can carry 10 persons at a time since fiberglass hulls are not easily punctured compared to rubber boats.
Celso aims to help heavily-affected people in Cagayan that faced the aftermath of the recent typhoon Ulysses, international name “Vamco.” In the second week of November, Ulysses made its landfall in the Philippines as a category 4-equivalent typhoon.