Three ships ran aground in Leyte and Cebu this morning, reported the Coast Guard of the Philippines.
Least 237 people onboard stranded onboard the passenger ship M/V Joyful Star as she ran aground at around 5 am. in Bantolinao Point, Mactan Island, said Cmdr. Armand Balilo, spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard. The ship is owned by Robles Shipping company.
Another passenger ship, M/V Our Lady of All Nations, ran aground at almost 2 am. in Bato, Leyte. The Medallion Transport owned passenger ship, had about 90 passengers when she ran aground in Cebu City.
The third reported ship that stranded is M/V Subic Bay 1, which ran aground with 62 crew members onboard in Bantolinao Point.
Philippine Coast Guard staff has been dispatched to assist the stranded vessels, told Cmdr. Balilo.
It was also reported that stranded passenger ship MV Our Lady of All Nations, along with 2 other Medallion Transport company ships', MV Lady of Guadalupe and MV Lady of Sacred Heart, earlier passed safety inspection.
The owner of stranded M/V Our Lady of All Nations, Medallion Transport shipping company owned the RoRo ship M/V Lady of Mt. Carmel that sank in June, 2013 off Masbate, taking 2 victims.