At least 110 passengers were stranded on Tuesday at various ports in Bohol after several sea trips from the province were cancelled due to inclement weather brought by the southwest monsoon and Tropical Depression Falcon.
According to Seaman 2nd Class John Coquilla of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Bohol, the passengers have been stranded at the ports since 12 noon after fast craft and motorized banca operators decided to suspend their trips based on the assessment of their crew.
The PCG recorded cancelled trips at the ports of Tagbilaran, Tubigon, Ubay, Inabanga, Getafe, Clarin and Tubigon.
Larger vessels, meanwhile, continued their normal operations.
Coquilla clarified that no Storm Signal has been raised over Bohol while state weather bureau PAGASA has also not issued a gale warning for the province.
For his part, Seaman 2nd Class Anwar Sinajon of the PCG Tagbilaran Substation said that two fast crafts from Tagbilaran City tried to cross the rough seas but ended up going back to their port of origin on Tuesday morning.
The two Ocean Jet vessels which were bound for Dumaguete and Plaridel encountered strong waves, said Sinajon.
“Mi-try og biyahe Ocean Jet 888 going to Dumaguete, miingon ang kapitan na mo try sila og biyahe. Paggawas nila sa Balicasag, dinhi sa may Doljo point, na encounter nila ang heavy waves, so rough seas g’yud, nag whitecaps. So ang kapitan mi-decide na mobalik g’yud siya kay dili g’yud kaya ang biyahe,” he said.
“Misunod ang Ocean Jet 7 going to Plaridel mi-try pud kay wa may advisory gikan sa PAGASA. At the same area, paggawas niya sa may Doljo point hing balik lang gihapon siya,” he added.
Ocean Jet 288 which left Tagbilaran City at 8:20 a.m. bound for Cebu City was able to safely reach its destination.
According to Sinajon, small passenger vessels at the Tagbilaran pier have not left since 10:20 a.m. and have not resumed operations as of 2 p.m. (A. Doydora)