All 28 of the crew members of a cargo ship, that was loaded with limestone and had capsized off the Camiguin Island, on Friday morning, have been successfully rescued, as reported by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Friday evening.
Lt. Cmdr. Eleazer Dalnay, spokesman for the Philippine Coast Guard based in the seaport capital in question, commented that the LC7-378 sailed off the port of Carcia Hernandez in Bohol on Friday morning and was headed towards Misamis Oriental when it capsized off the Camiguin Island.
According to him, the cargo ship was to deliver limestone to the port of call at the PhilSinter Corp., a sintering ore firm that is located in Tagolo-an, Misamis Oriental.
Dalnay commented that the 28 seafarers were rescued by the MV Tong Ying, a foreign ship that was en route to Indonesia and just happened to be passing by when it picked up the vessel’s distress signal.
He added that the foreign ship brought the sailors to the port of Dapitan, Zamboanga Del Norte, located 322 kilometers Northwest of Cagayan De Oro City.
A coast guard ship has been tasked with sailing to Dapitan on Friday afternoon in order to bring back the 28-man crew and turn them over to the shipping company.
Dalnay concluded by saying that the Philippine Coast Guard has started an investigation regarding the incident.