A TOTAL of 1,258 passengers were stranded after all sea trips connecting Davao City to Talicud Island and the main island of the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) were cancelled on Thursday by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Davao due to Tropical Storm Vinta.
PCG-Davao Commander George Maganto said on Friday that thousands of passengers travelling to Davao and Samal were not able to pass through after they issued an advisory.
He said that there were 395 stranded passengers in Kilometer 11, 702 in Maewess ferry, 85 DavSam ferry, 73 in Kinawitnon and 3 in Babak.
For the stranded of rolling cargoes, there were 31 in Maewess, 23 in DavSam, 57 in Kinawitnon and one in Babak.
Eric Dimaala, a resident of Barangay Caliclic who is working in Matina Enclaves, said that he was not able to go home on Thursday evening after the trips were cancelled around 3 p.m. and he failed to get there at that time.
He temporarily stayed at the house of his friend in Agdao until the sea trips are made available.
Based on the PCG advisory issued at 9 a.m., some sea trips were already resumed effective 6:30 a.m. for DavSam to Babak, Km 11 to Babak, and Maewess to Kinawitnon wharf.
However, trips from Sta. Ana wharf, Davao City to Talicud Island/Kaputian, Igacos and vice versa are still suspended.
All fishing vessels are also advised to refrain from sailing until further notice.
The advisory may change subject to the weather forecast of the state weather bureau.