By Calvin Cordova
CEBU CITY—A ferry with 311 passengers ran aground as it approached port in Camotes Island, Cebu, Sunday morning.
The Philippine Coast Guard reported that the MV Mika Mari 3, which had come from Danao City, was about 200 meters from Consuelo port when it stalled.
The vessel its auxiliary engine conked out, causing it to tilt to one side and run aground, according to Lt. First Grade Michael John Encina, information officer of the Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas.
Motorboats sailed to the ferry and brought the passengers to port.
The vessel also had 23 rolling cargoes.
Encina said that about an hour after it stalled, the ferry was righted and able to dock at Consuelo port.
The vessel’s captain, Larry Sacedon, was ordered to file a report on the incident.
The Mika Mari 3 is owned by Jomalia Shipping.
Last August 31, another of Jomalia Shipping’s ferries sank while docking at Consuelo port.
The Mika Marie 8 tipped over while unloading rolling cargoes and sank.