Friday, July 24, 2020

IN PHOTOS: Ship in flames, crew rescued

As of 7:30 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2020, the ill-fated M/V Filipinas Dinagat of Cokaliong Shipping Lines is still seen burning, the Philippine Coast Guard said in a report issued past 9 a.m. | Photo courtesy of PCG,

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A passenger ship that was momentarily used to transport goods between the islands of Cebu and Leyte caught fire while sailing off the waters around Catmon town in northern Cebu last Thursday evening, July 23, 2020.

The Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas (PCG – 7) said all 45 crew members, including the captain, of M/V Filipinas Dinagat, which is owned and operated by Cokaliong Shipping Lines, a Cebu-based shipping company, were rescued when they received a distress call from the vessel around 10:45 p.m. Thursday.

As of 7:30 a.m. on Friday, July 24, PCG said, in a report, that the ill-fated ship remained on fire. They said their own vessel, BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406), continued to spray water on the burning ship at the vicinity waters 3.2 nautical miles east off Manlibot Point, Carmen, Cebu.

“BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406) continues monitoring and maritime safety patrol to inform transiting vessels about the presence of the ill-fated vessel,” PCG stated.

After the rescue operation last Thursday evening, the crew of M/V Filipinas Dinaga arrived at the port in Danao City, northern Cebu past 2 a.m. wherein other personnel from PCG – Cebu assisted them.

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