2016 Dec 28

Typhoon Nina causes three sea mishaps in Bicol, Southern Tagalog

At least three separate incidents were reported by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday, due to the bad weather conditions brought about by Typhoon Nina.

According to the PCG, two vessels were sinking as of Monday afternoon--one in Catanduanes and one in Batangas.

An oil tanker, it added, ran aground in Marinduque.

In a report by Emil Sumangil on GMA News' "Balitanghali," the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said that a cargo vessel was sinking off the coast of Virac, Catanduanes.
While details of the incident were not immediately available, the report said that a rescue team has already been sent to the area.

The same report also said that an oil tanker ran aground in the Marinduque area past 6:00 a.m. Monday.

An oil response team has also been sent to assess the damage and check if any oil has seeped out of the ship.

In an email, the PCG also said that it received emergency calls that MV Shuttle Roro 5 was about to sink.

"At 11:00 a.m. today, this center received a telephone call from 911 re MV Shuttle Roro 5 drifted at vicinity waters off Mabini San Miguel, Batangas and is reportedly about to sink and preparing for abandon ship," it said. The formal progress report is expected to be released later.

The typhoon — which first made landfall in Bato, Catanduanes 6:30 p.m. on Sunday— has just made its eighth landfall in Lubang Island, Occidental Mindoro at 1 p.m.
While shipping activities are still prohibited in Batangas, Mindoro, and Romblon, the PCG has already allowed sea travel from Matnog, Sorsogon to Allen, Northern Samar.

Source:; Jon Viktor Cabuenas

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