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Last edited by trinalla; 08-17-2013 at 03:27 AM.
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By Davinci S. Maru and Justin K. Vestil
Saturday, August 17, 2013
A SHIP that carried more than 700 passengers, including 25 infants, collided with a cargo vessel last night off the coast of Talisay City and quickly sank.
At least 17 people were confirmed dead, despite efforts by local fishermen and rescue teams to save as many passengers as they could.
Some of the dead were brought to Cebu City’s pier area, while others were declared dead in the Talisay City District Hospital and the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City. Among five bodies brought to the Cebu City pier, two still wore life jackets.
Coast Guard Cebu Station Commander Weniel Azcuna told radio dyHP that 2Go Shipping’s passenger vessel, the m/v St. Thomas Aquinas, sank within 15 minutes after the collision.
The vessel was heading for a stopover in Cebu, on its way to Manila, when it collided with the Sulpicio Express 7 cargo vessel, which was bound for Davao.
The accident occurred near Lawis Ledge off Talisay, where several vessels have previously run aground, including a passenger ship late last February whose 360
passengers got stranded at sea for four hours.
Around midnight, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other agencies searched the dark waters off Talisay for passengers and crew. The 2Go ship captain was reportedly among those rescued.
Azcuna said the Coast Guard received a call from the captain of the 2Go vessel at 9 p.m., asking for immediate help.
One of the survivors, Aldrin Rahman, told reporters that their vessel had left Nasipit in Butuan City at 12 p.m. They were scheduled to dock in Cebu for a stopover at 9 p.m.
But the vessel violently halted before it could reach Cebu’s port, before 10 p.m.
Rahman recalled that the ship then started sinking, causing the passengers to panic. Some jumped off the boat without putting on life jackets.
An ANCAlerts tweet, quoting the Coast Guard headquarters in Manila, said the 2Go vessel sank in a depth of 144 meters.
Reporters saw Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III checking on the survivors in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, while Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama went to the pier area to get updates on the search.
The St. Thomas Aquinas vessel carried 723 passengers, said Waterfront Police Chief Waldemar Tiu in Cebu city.
The Sulpicio Express cargo vessel had 36 crew members and officials.
Through the help of fishermen from Sitio Salvador, Barangay Tanke in Talisay City, an unconfirmed number of passengers were rescued while they bobbed in the waves.
More than 10 pump boats rushed to the sea and picked up passengers.
At least 64 passengers were brought to the Talisay City district hospital.
Car owners who heard initial reports about the accident rushed to the Cebu City pier and Talisay’s coastal communities to offer to bring survivors to the hospitals.
Another survivor, Jessica Varquez, 43, recalled the moment of impact.
“Niuyog ang barko, kusog kaayo. Nag-panic na dayon ang mga pasahero (The vessel shook violently and the passengers began to panic),” she said.
Vasquez said she and her nephew Jiecel, 18, immediately picked up life vests and jumped into the water while the vessel began to to tilt.
“Niambak na lang mi nga wa sa among hunahuna kung mabuhi pa ba mi o mamatay (We jumped. We didn’t know whether we would survive or die),” she said.
Vasquez survived almost unscathed.
“Hapit na gyud ta mi maabot. Nahitabo pa gyud ang disgrasya (We were so close to the port, and then disaster struck),” she said.
Vasquez told Sun.Star Cebu she was supposed to visit her daughter in Barangay Yati, Liloan for the fiesta celebration.
For Pelarazem Bacor, 22, of Gingoog, Misamis Oriental, survival brought little relief.
It was his first time to board a ship. He still hasn’t found his mother, who got carried away when a herd of passengers began running for safety.
Bacor and his mother were headed to Dumaguete City to visit his aunt, who was about to celebrate her birthday.
The survivors were brought to the chapel in Sitio Salvador in Talisay, where they received treatment from medical personnel and clothes from residents.
In Barangay Cansojong, also in Talisay City, about 13 passengers of the 2Go Passenger vessel were rescued by the Bantay Dagat and local fishermen.
At least 20 other survivors were rescued separately in Tanke, said Talisay City Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante.
One of the survivors, Adela Guevara, said the ship’s crew didn’t alarm them nor distribute life jackets while the ship was sinking. She and her four-year-old son were forced to jump off the ship.
They both survived, along with a group of six passengers.
Source: 2 VESSELS COLLIDE | Sun.Star
This really is a -VERY SAD TRAGEDY AGAIN. When will these sea-crews of vessels learn to do their job properly? Hahaizt. . maybe they don't realize how many lives are putting their capability to maneuver these ships. Let's pray for the victims.
Last edited by sammedriano; 08-17-2013 at 03:37 AM.
Katong nay bagyo ko last tym nka sakay ug barko nibangga pud tos pier, hinay ra mn sad. I guess mine's different.
nag daghang lang lge...
sus! sa kadanghag nila daghan ang nangamatay..
ang watcher na2log cguro...
a CADET or an AB(able bodied Seaman) can man the WHEEL. but kinahanglan naa ang KAPITAN or PILOT to give him orders. dili na basta basta pwedi mukupot lng..
and muingon mu all NAVIGATIONAL equipments ang gamiton... yes, sakto na pero dili ka pwedi mu rely ana
RULES of the ROAD #5 is LOOKOUT......
haiz. Mka sapot jud ning klaseha nga accident. NEGLIGENCE, a never ending problem. Every action is crucial. Kung responsable pa na sila, di ta ni ingun ani. Bisag asa ning problemaha dah. Eroplano, sakyanan, barko, nya samot nas hospital. Many lives are at stake. WHAT A MESS!