Tubigon-bound fastcraft collides with cargo vessel in Cebu waters

Photos via Cy Amihan Cabrillos

A fastcraft bound for Tubigon from Cebu City and a cargo vessel accidentally collided in waters at the vicinity of the accident prone Lawis Ledge off Talisay City on Thursday night.

The M/V Ocean United at around 8:45 p.m. hit the rear end of FastCat M11 which had 70 passengers on board and 12 rolling cargoes, a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) report said.

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According to the PCG, three of the FastCat passengers were injured with one of them rushed to a hospital for immediate medical attention.

The Fastcraft was able to safely return to Pier 3 in Cebu City at around 9:30 p.m. while the M/V Ocean United was directed to be moored at the port’s anchorage area.

Both vessels were placed under the custody of authorities pending an investigation and safety inspection, the PCG said.

A seven-man PCG environmental protection team deployed to the site of the accident noted that there were no indications of oil spill in the area.

Earlier, authorities pinpointed Lawis Ledge as a disaster-prone area for vessels.

It has been described as a narrow passage with rocks on both sides and has a strong current.

Passenger ship St. Thomas Aquinas collided with a cargo ship as it passed through the narrow strait in 2013.

ABS-CBN in a 2013 report said that Trans Asia 9 ran aground in Lawis Ledge that year, while in 2011, three people died after a fastcraft also sank in the area.

In January, 2018, the M/V Lite Ferry 20 which was bound for Bohol was hit by a cargo vessel at the same area resulting to minimal damage on Lite Ferry’s sun deck.



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