1 dead, 3 injured as fire hits ship off the coasts of Talisay City

By: Morexette Marie Erram, Pegeen Maisie Sararana April 17,2022 - 01:34 PM
Authorities respond to a fire that hit a cargo vessel while sailing the coasts of Talisay City.

| Photo grabbed from PCG-7 video

CEBU CITY, Philippines- Authorities here confirmed that at least one crew member died, while three others were injured, when their container ship caught fire while sailing the seawaters in Talisay City, Cebu on Easter Sunday, April 17.

Representatives from Bantay Dagat confirmed to state-ran radio station DYMR – Cebu that they retrieved the body of a crew member of MV General Romulo.

The identity of the victim is still being verified as of this writing.

The Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas (PCG-7), on the other hand, confirmed that three of the ill-fated ship’s crew members also sustained injuries.

They were immediately sent to Cebu South Hospital where they are now confined for further treatment.

The ship has a total of 20 crew members, of which 16 were successfully rescued.

Initial reports from PCG-7 showed that the ship’s crew sent a distress signal around 9:50 a.m. while sailing towards the port of Cebu City.

At that time, the vessel, owned and operated by Lorenzo Shipping Corp., was off the coasts of Barangay Pooc, Talisay City, PCG-7 added.

The vessel was carrying 2,218 tons of various cargo from Metro Manila.

At least five vessels responded to the incident and continue to douse the fire.

Authorities are still investigating on the cause of the fire.

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