COAST guard authorities received a distress signal from cargo ship Sea Breeze VIII (similar to this one) before it sank. PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF NAVAL FORCES EASTERN MINDANAO
Seven survivors of a cargo ship, which sank off the coast of Misamis Oriental (MisOr) on Tuesday night, are staying in an isolation facility for psychological counseling and mandatory quarantine to make sure they do not have the coronavirus disease.
The captain and six crew members of the ill-fated Sea Breeze underwent medical examination after they were rescued off the coast of Barangay Alicomohan in Sugbongcogon town.
The ship, loaded with 13,500 cases of beer, was bound for Siargao island from the town of Opol when it was battered by strong waves and sank at about 6 p.m.
Ship captain Ferdinand Bangcoyo, 52, sent a distress call to Coast Guard authorities while the six crew members were able to jump before the ship sank.
The survivors, identified as Nandy Lanzaderas, 55; Furtunato Furcadili, 26; Berden Ilandag, 38; Robert Mondragon, 22; Leo Dorero, 21; and Procopio Spijon, 33, are in the municipal COVID-19 isolation unit for swab tests and processing of their return home.
The waves that sent the ship down were triggered by tropical depression “Leon.”
Meanwhile, as of 16 September, Misamis Oriental has 273 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 140 of which are active. Three have died.
In another development, a fire of still unknown origin destroyed two oil tankers parked inside a warehouse in Balingasag town, the Bureau of Fire Protection reported.
A fire wall prevented the fire from spreading to other buildings, fire officer Kyle Lauzon said in a radio interview.