Ship Catches Fire Off Binongkalan Point, Passengers And Crew Rescued
BINONGKALAN POINT – About 41 passengers and four crew members were rescued in a ship that caught fire in Binongkalan Point, Cebu.
According to Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Coast Guard reported that MV Filipinas Dinagat was headed for Palompon town in Leyte when it caught fire at around 10:45 PM.
The burning ship was located just 5.5 nautical miles east of Binongkalan Point in Cebu.
41 passengers of the said ship were already rescued by the PCG and were taken to Danao Port for medical assistance.
Joel Villanueva, the captain of the said ship, as well as three ship crew C/M Bonifacio Despi, 2/E Marclein Estrobo, and Winifredo Ceballos, were also rescued but remained in the vicinity waters aboard a rescue vessel. This is in order for him to attend to the burning ship.
“Two tugboats were sent to the incident area to provide towing assistance,”
Based on the report, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, which owns the said ship, also reported that all passengerds and crew members were “all safe and accounted for”, hence, a “zero-casualty” maritime incident.
The ship still remained on fire as of 7:30 AM Friday. Probe regarding the incident is currently ongoing.
Earlier this month, a fire recently broke out in Santo Niño de Pandacan parish church in Pandacan, Manila.
The fire caused a lot of damage inside the establishment. It has been contained at about 2:15 PM on July 10, 2020.
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