Philippine Coast Guard Search and Rescue team, local police officers and Bantay Dagat rescued 4 crew members from a half-submerged motor vessel, which had to deliver construction material in Agutaya, Palawan on 17th of November.
The distressed ship M/Bca Princess Beulah M was en route to Agutaya when she allided with floating logs approximately 2 n.m. southwest of Cambari Island in Aracelu, Palawan.
The accident damaged the Princess Beulah's hull and she started taking on water. Finally, the motor ship sank and all the cargos onboard drifted at sea.
At the time of the accident the submerged vessel Princess Beulah was loaded with almost 2,000 pieces of bamboo, 10,100 pieces of nipa, 200 pieces of round timber and 200 pieces of cut coconut lumber, which were supposed to be used for repairing the houses in Barangay, Concepcion, Agutaya that were affected by the typhoon.
According to the initial reports, professionals from the Sub-Station Coast Guard Araceli instantly responded to the distress call and conducted a search and rescue operation with the Bantay Dagat and the local police of Arageli.
The joint SAR team located 4 crew members onboard the sinking motor vessel Princess Beulah and rescued them.
The SAR team also tried to tow the submerged motor vessel with the assistance of FB Morning Glory, which is owned by RBL Fishing Corporation.
The damaged motor ship Princess Beulah was successfully towed and anchored at Araceli Port in Palawan with the followng crew members who are currently in custody in the Station of the coast Guard Cyo, all in good health condition.
Investigation on the accident will be soon conducted.