Vessel runs aground off Oslob; crew safe-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A CARGO vessel loaded with a fertilizer shipment ran aground off the coast of Oslob town in southern Cebu late Monday night.
MV Anna Jinky was sailing from Isabel, Leyte toward Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte when it got stalled in the shallow waters past 9 p.m.
Cebu Coast Guard Commander Weniel Azcuna said the captain of the 177-gross-ton vessel may have committed navigation lapses while cruising in Santa Monica Point, one kilometer from the shore of Barangay Bonbon.
All of the 20 crewmen, including the ship captain, were safe. The vessel owned by Constantino Yu carried 10,517 bags of fertilizers at that time.
As of yesterday, Azcuna said the vessel was still waiting for a tugboat commissioned by the owner.
The Coast Guard will still have to get the accounts of the ship captain and crew.
“One of the things we are looking into is that the ship crew may have miscalculated,” Azcuna told Sun.Star Cebu.
Huge waves caused by the seasonal southwest monsoon wind or habagat, enhanced by surges because of Typhoon Ramil, are also being considered.
In a report over dyLA, apprentice crew member Benson Leones said they were hit by huge
waves when they reached Oslob.
“Nagpadaplin ta mi pero nasadsad hinuon mi (We tried to stay close to shore, but that’s when we ran aground),” he said.
Leones said one of the ship crew, who comes from Dalaguete, called and asked his family to report the incident to the police.
The Bantay Dagat and local police immediately responded and rescued the crew.
PO1 Sherwin Cejudo of Oslob Police Station said the crew’s important documents, such as passports, were placed in the police station.
He said the whole crew went back to the ship to look after it and inspect the damage the accident caused.
“As of yesterday, they were doing well,” Cejudo said.
He said similar accidents took place in the area in the past.
When the ship ran aground, he said, huge waves were seen by residents living on the coastal areas in Oslob. It was also raining.
In an earlier report, a government weather observer said the sudden waves felt in some parts in Cebu were due to the high tide and surges caused by Typhoon Ramil as it left the country.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 09, 2013.