CEBU CITY, Philippines- A ship that left Danao City port tilted on its left side (starboard) when it docked in the port of Barangay (village) Consuelo, San Francisco, Camotes Island earlier today, August 31, 2019.
Four sustained minor injuries but the rest of the 149 passengers were safe according to Lt. Jr. Grade Michael John Encina, the spokesman of the Phil. Coast Guard (PCG) Central Visayas.
Quoting the boat’s Captain Roger Capin, Encina said MV Mika Mari 8 suddenly lost its balance and listed on its side when a 10-wheeler truck loaded with cement was being driven out of the cargo section of the vessel past 3 pm that was loaded with 11 rolling cargoes (cargoes that are carried by vehicles inside a ship).
At that time of the incident, Encina said three vehicles were still inside the vessel owned by Jomalia Shipping Corporation. All the injured passengers were brought to the Ricardo Maningo Hospital in San Francisco town proper for treatment. Encina said that the Philippine Coast Guard in Camotes immediately responded to the incident. Aside from the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) of PCG Camotes, BRP Suluan (Multi-Role Rescue Vessel-MMRV 4406) also arrived at the scene of the incident to render its assistance. The skipper has been advised to file a marine protest of the incident. The management of Jomalia Shipping has not yet officially released its statement as of this time of posting./AAJ