BicolToday.com Reportorial Staff
PILAR, SORSOGON (BicolToday.com/8-Jan-2013) – A passenger boat bound to Aroroy Port in Aroroy town Masbate encountered engine trouble approximately five nautical miles from San Antonio Sapa, Pilar, Sorsogon. MB Sirakan 2 sixty two passengers were rescued by the coast Guard Unit of Pilar town assisted by the Search and Rescue Team of LGU Pilar.
Coast Guard Pilar Detachment received an urgent call from a certain Nelly Serrano of MB Sirakan 2 at around 7:30 in the morning January 7, 2013, confirming that the boat is dead at sea because of engine trouble prompting PO3 Arvin Flor coast guard detachment in-charge here together with SN1 Erwin Bongalos to coordinate with LGU Pilar Search and Rescue Team in launching the rescue using the LGU speedboat.
The ill-fated pump boat with a capacity of 130 passengers left Pilar Port at 5:30 in the morning of January 7 bound to Aroroy Port in Masbate and conked-out at around 7:00 a.m. according to Carlito Dino, the boat skipper. All 62 rescued passengers of MB Sirakan 2 were transferred to MB Sirakan 3, which is also owned and operated by Elpidio Valencia of Barangay Cabda, Masbate City. It has a displacement of 21.33 gross tonnes or 14.50 net tonnes capable of ferrying 130 passengers.
The rescued passengers were allowed to continue their travel after the Coast Guard and LGU-Pilar rationed food and water and determined the sea worthiness of the replacement vessel. All 62 passengers were properly accounted.
It was not known when the boat started servicing the Pilar to Aroroy sealane.
The incident was the second of its kind recorded by Coast Guard Pilar detachment this year. [BicolToday.com]