Rescue boat collides with a cargo ship while towing a distressed vessel

By Accidents

A rescue boat has been damaged following a collision with a cargo vessel.

Last week, the M/B Superblue was sent to assist a troubled motorboat in the waters off Sulpa and Hilutungun Islands. The distressed vessel, Boyla 4, was also a rescue one and had suffered an engine problem. It had three crew members and two tourists on board. According to Cebu Coast Guard, at around 3:40 am local time, the rescue boat was towing the distressed vessel when it collided with the SF Provider. The cargo vessel was en route from Davao to San Fernando (Cebu).

The accident resulted in damage of the M/B Superblues's front. No crew member was injured. The sailors managed to leave the vessel and reach the shore swimming. Superblue was half-submerged, while SF Provider wasn't damaged. Following the accident, Boyla 4 turned out to be the rescue vessel of M/B Superblue. Both rescue boats were tugged to Lapu-Lapu City. The accident is being investigated by Cebu Coast Guard.

SF Provider (IMO 8921523) is a general cargo vessel operated by Seaford Shipping Lines. The DWT 1440-ton ship was built in 1990.