By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY— Sixty-seven passengers were rescued from a passenger vessel, which ran aground off Danajon Reef in Bohol at dawn Tuesday.
M/V South Pacific left Bato, Leyte at 9 p.m. on Monday. The vessel was headed for Cebu City when it ran aground past 1 a.m. Tuesday.
After receiving a report from its counterpart in Eastern Visayas regarding the incident, the Coast Guard-Cebu Station dispatched Multirole Response Vessel (MRRV) 4404 to conduct rescue operations, said Lt. Jr. Grade Mike Encina, spokesperson of Coast Guard-Central Visayas.
M/V Fortune Sparkle, sister ship of M/V South Pacific, was also deployed from Pier 2 in Cebu City to pull out the stranded vessel.
An initial underwater inspection was conducted but the Coast Guard’s Marine Environmental Protection Personnel (MEPU) found no threat of oil spill, Encina said.
According to him, investigation will be made to find out what caused the vessel to run aground.
“The Master of the vessel will be asked to file a Marine Protest so we could start with the inquiry,” Encina said.
The passengers, 18 females, 45, females and four children, were brought to Cebu City aboard MRRV 4404.