Yellow Sub suspended after hitting motor boat
The country’s only tourist submarine is in trouble again.
The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) ordered the suspension of the Cebu Yellow Submarine last Thursday after it hit a motorized boat off the coast of barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City on its way to port at Hadsan Beach Resort.
No was injured.
A report of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the incident occurred past 2 p.m. when the submarine was surfacing from under the sea, unaware that a motorized boat was blocking its way.
The collision caused minor damage to the boat and broke the submarine’s antenna.
The motorized boat owned by Sujung Sesang Tour, a Korean outfit, was anchored near the shore but drifted into deep waters because of strong winds, said a staff member.
The accident was not reported to the police by either party.
Rodulfo Villajuan, head of the PCG Mandaue Station, reported the incident to the Marina, which ordered the suspension pending further investigation.
“We could have issued a suspension order but there’s already one from Marina so we will make our own investigation,” said Lapu-Lapu Mayor Paz Radaza.
City Hall suspended the business permit of Cebu Yellow Submarine in April last year after it was videotaped hitting a wall of corals in the Kontiki Wall, a popular dive spot in barangay Maribago.
The management of the Korean-owned tourist facility initially denied it happened then apologized after City Hall launched its own investigation and awarded a Japanese diver who filmed the impact.
The submarine resumed operation in June 2013. Its Marina permit states that the submarine can only operate 500 meters from the shoreline. A team of scuba divers is also supposed to guide the vessel to avoid hitting corals while a Task Force Kalikasan representative is supposed to be on each trip under conditions set by City Hall.
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