Ella Montalban | Posted on April 21, 2021

A Boholano is among the identified survivors of the 20 ship crew members that reportedly went missing after their vessel ran aground along the shoreline in Malimono, Surigao del Norte yesterday, April 19.

According to an update by local radio station Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) – DXRS Surigao, the local disaster office identified the Boholano as 40-year-old Roger Polo.

Polo survived along with seven others identified as Noli Labucay (Iligan City), Junmar Gallios, John Guanzon, Joji Villanueva (Talisay City, Cebu), Felipe Queben Jr. (Cebu), Arjie Macara (Talisay City, Cebu) and one unnamed survivor.

However, one ship crew didn’t make it.

The same report named the fatality as Norman Galon, an electrician from Mandaue City, Cebu.

In another report by state media Radyo Pilipinas, there were three crew who died including Galon, Engr. Marvin Lusica and oiler Lemuel Dadivas.

Five of the crew are admitted at Caraga Regional Hospital while the other two are at Malimono District Hospital.

On Monday afternoon, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) responded to a maritime incident involving vessel, LCT Cebu Great Ocean that ran aground along the shoreline of Barangay Cantapoy in the said town.

Photo courtesy of Dindi Jayme/PNP via Radyo Pilipinas Butuan

According to PCG Station Surigao del Norte, the 20 crew members of said vessel were allegedly missing.

The vessel is loaded with nickel ore and contains approximately 2,000 liters of diesel on board.

Immediately, the PCG Station Surigao del Norte activated a deployable response group (DRG) to look for the missing crew and coordinated with the Marine Environmental Protection Unit (MEPU) of the PCG District North Eastern Mindanao to conduct inspection for possible oil spill in the vicinity waters.
The PCG Station Surigao del Norte also coordinated with Surigao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and the Malimono Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) for appropriate actions.
At around 07:30 p.m. yesterday, the search and rescue (SAR) operation was temporarily terminated due to poor visibility and rough sea condition.
Meanwhile, the PCG Station Surigao del Norte issued ‘Notice to Mariners’ for possible sightings of the alleged missing crew members of LCT Cebu Great Ocean. (With reports from PCG)


By Bohol Island News

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