Barge chief mate goes missing in sea mishap PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:56

The chief mate of a barge remained missing on Tuesday after a sea mishap off Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur Sunday.

Nashruddin Ayunan reportedly fell into the water while the barge was on the verge of capsizing.

A police report disclosed that  LCT Emelia 2 owned by Mike Abubakar Construction and Engineering (MACE),carrying 432 cubic meters of river sands left Pollok wharf in Cotabato on July 28 heading for Lamitan, Basilan when it experienced engine trouble prompting the crew to for port where it temporarily take shelter.

Police said the barge arrived at the coast of Barangay Baganian, Tabina around 2 p.m.  on August 1,  where it dropped anchor. However due choppy water and heavy downpour, around 4 p.m. Sunday, the barge tilted on one side prompting the boat skipper to declare abandon ship.

All the crew members abandoned the barge but Ayunan refused to go with them.

The crew members  who left the barge were all accounted for. They were identified as Colon Rogelio Regala, Ship Captain; Jonas Sevilla, 2nd Mate; Lexter Penuliar; Engine Apprentice; Ferdie Jay Nipales, Engine Apprentice; Paul Justin Barrameda, Deck Cadet; Joepit Ticoy, Engine Apprentice; Gerundio Nazari, Ordinary Seaman; Rex P. Malolot, Chief Mechanic; Ruel C. Baidiango, 2nd Mate Mechanic; Conrado S. Pakig, Chief Cook; Avelino D. Casao, Ordinary Seaman; Ricky Dionio, Eduardo Baldado, Checker and Jovito De Leon.

Search and rescue operation for Ayunan continued Tuesday but no result yet as of press time. – Dan Toribio Jr.