By Raymund Antonio
Twelve crew members were rescued on Sunday after their cargo ship sank off Malay, Aklan, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported.
The 120-gross ton landing craft tank Bato Twin carrying sand and gravel capsized while it was sailing from Sambiray Port to Manoc-manoc, Boracay.
Captain Armand Balilo, spokesperson of the PCG, said that Coast Guard Station in Aklan received information from its vessel safety enforcement inspectors at 10:25 a.m. about the maritime incident.
The agency’s VSEIs initially found LCT Bato Twin half submerged before it went down off the Cagban Jetty Port in Boracay Island.
PCG dispatched its deployable response group, maritime environmental protection unit, and other sea assets to respond to the maritime incident.
They proceeded to the area to conduct search and rescue operations.
Balilo said the PCG teams were checking if there was an oil leak from the sunken cargo vessel.
The latest report from the Coast Guard showed that LCT Bato Twin had diesel in its fuel tank when it sank.
According to the PCG, the cargo vessel took in water, but it has yet to determine what caused the sinking.
Sea accidents are common in the Philippines due to poor safety standards and overloading.