100 more passengers stranded in seas-A A +A
Saturday, January 26, 2013
MORE than 100 passengers of Shuttle Ferry 5 bound for Camiguin Island from Cebu were reportedly stranded in the seas for about six hours after the boat suffered engine trouble.
In an interview over Magnum Radio Saturday morning, one of the passengers, Mavy Rodriguez, former vice mayor of Catarman town in Camiguin province, said they (along with the rest of the passengers) left Pier 8 in Cebu City at 8 p.m. of Friday and were expected to arrive in Camiguin between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. of Saturday.
However, she said they were informed that the ferry’s engine stopped, which left them stranded in the seas between Cebu and Camiguin.
“They said another boat will rescue us. It’s good that the sea is calm and there are no big waves,” Rodriguez said.
As of this posting, the ferry was tugged back to Cebu for repair before it will sail back to Camiguin Island.
Rodriguez said all passengers are safe and are given food by the ferry’s staff.
“We thank the owner of the ferry who has been monitoring us,” she said.
The management of Shuttle Ferry has yet to issue its statement on the incident. (Terry Betonio)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 27, 2013.