Boat on rescue trip gets hit by cargo vessel

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Friday, June 6, 2014


A CARGO vessel hit a pumpboat with four crew members on board in the waters off Hilutungan and Sulpa Islands, located near Mactan Island, yesterday afternoon.

No one was reported injured.

The incident happened around 3:40 p.m. between the islands of Sulpa and Hilutungan, said PO2 Erwin Sinadjan of the Mactan Police Station.

Super Blue, the name of the pumpboat, was dragging another pumpboat toward Barangay Maribago in Mactan Island when it was hit by M/V SF Provider, which was bound for San Fernando, Cebu, Sinadjan said.

The impact damaged the front portion of the pumpboat. Crew members abandoned it and swam safely toward the other pumpboat, Boyla 4, which had three crew members and two local tourists on board.

All crew members and passengers, as well as the two pumpboats, were brought to Buyong, Maribago by two passing pumpboats.

Sinadjan said the Super Blue and Boyla 4 are owned by Simplicio Gelig, 56, of Buyong, Maribago.

Boyla 4 was on its way to Maribago from Nalusuan Island when its engine conked out. Super Blue came to its aid.

The crew members of Super Blue were Premo Patigdas Sr. 48, Premo Patigdas Jr., 20, Martin Torreon, 56, and Virgilio Macasero, 29, all residents of Sta. Rosa, Olango Island.

On board Boyla 4 were crew members Amante Dano, 36, Judibal Patigdas, 16, and Edgar Tagalog; and tourists Crispin Roy and his wife, who came from Manila.

As of press time, the Mactan Police Station had no information yet about the owner of the cargo vessel. Sun.Star Cebu called Cebu Coast Guard Commander Rodolfo Villajuan but he could not be reached.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 07, 2014.

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