MV Sole Cruiser, a 90 seater ferry boat of Magsaysay Shipping Lines, was aground due to engine failure on February 13 and her nine (9) crew were immediately rescued, the Tanod Baybayin (Philippine Coast Guard Official) reports February 15 via Facebook.
PCG: Coast Guard Station (CGS) Surigao rescued nine crew of aground vessel M/V “Sole Cruiser” which has encountered engine failure as it tries to seek shelter due to Typhoon Basyang at the vicinity waters off Aling Island, Brgy. Hayanggabon, Claver, Surigao Del Norte last 13 February.
The said vessel is owned and operated by Magsaysay Shipping Lines which departed Hayanggabon Port of Claver Surigao Del Norte bound for Aling Island.
Upon the receipt of information from Captain Francis Columna, master of the said vessel, the said station directed CGSS Plaser through Coast Guard Command Outpost Hayanggabon to conduct search and rescue operations on the reported site.
PCG personnel immediately rescued and transferred the three remaining crew onboard M/V “Sole Cruiser” to their rescue boat and recovered 6 crew who swam to the nearest Island, Aling Island. CGSS Palser provided medical assistance to the rescued crew members who showed good physical and mental condition.
The Typhoon Basyang first made landfall in Cortes, Surigao del Sur on 09:15 Philippine time, February 13. Reportedly, four (4) people died yesterday due to the storm.
Thanks God, our Coast Guards were prompt to respond to MV Sole Cruisers’ distress call.
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