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20 cargo vessel crew missing

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday reported that it is now investigating a cargo vessel that ran aground on the shoreline of Malimono, Surigao Del Norte, saying that the ship’s crew went missing.

Initial reports disclosed that the PCG Station Surigao del Norte have responded to a report that cargo vessel LCT Cebu Great Ocean ran aground along the coastline of Barangay Cantapoy, Malimono, Surigao del Norte on Monday afternoon.

The PCG said that the vessel was loaded with nickel ore and approximately 2,000 liters of diesel, but the crew was nowhere to be found.

“The search and rescue operation is still ongoing. It is most likely that the crew had abandoned ship,” said PCG spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo.

The PCG Station Surigao del Norte immediately activated a deployable response group to look for the crewmembers and coordinated with the Marine Environmental Protection Unit of the PCG District North Eastern Mindanao to conduct inspection for possible oil spill in the vicinity waters.

It also coordinated with Surigao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Malimono Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office for appropriate actions.

The PCG Station Surigao del Norte also issued ‘Notice to Mariners’ for possible sightings of the alleged missing crew members of LCT Cebu Great Ocean.

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