TWO persons suffered first to second degree burns when the engine room of MTUG Super Shuttle 3 caught fire before dawn Monday, October 26, 2020.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it deployed BRP Suluan (MRRV-4406) to combat the blaze, which occurred at around 3:30 a.m. Monday while the vessel was in the vicinity of Shell Island, Cebu City.

The firefighting team onboard BRP Suluan “penetrated the engine compartment of the vessel to stop the engine, conduct boundary cooling and combat the fire onboard,” the PCG said.

The fire was declared under control at around 4:30 a.m. and declared fire out at 5:05 a.m. Monday.

The PCG said the two injured crew members were evacuated from the vessel and brought to a hospital in a PCG ambulance waiting in Pier 3.

The vessel was towed to the Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City at around 5:30 a.m., the PCG added. (SunStar Philippines from PR)