Cargo ship sinks off Sulu; 9 rescued PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 September 2015 13:58

Nine people were rescued by a Philippine Marines patrol boat off Parang, Sulu on Tuesday afternoon, the military said.

The commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, Brigadier General Alan Arrojado, told ABS-CBN News their gunboat was conducting barrier patrol south of Parang when they saw a sinking cargo vessel.

The ML Haynoline was carrying 76 liters of diesel and assorted automotive parts and accessories for the Tawi-Tawi Nickel Corporation located in Tumbagaan Island in Tawi-Tawi when it sank 3 miles west of Bunga Point.

The cargo vessel left the port of Barangay Cawit in Zamboanga City Monday.

According to the boat’s captain, Basher Addari, the cargo vessel was overloaded with thousands of liters of diesel, automotive parts and other cargo, which probably caused the boat to lose balance.

Addari also told the rescue team that the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Zamboanga City failed to inspect their vessel before they left the port.

The PCG has to check all cargo and commercial vessels before they are allowed sail to ensure the safety of the crew and passengers.

The nine rescued crew members of the cargo vessel were identified as Andy Adari, 41; Yahsin Arasani, 50; Bartek Araji, 35; Sudan Salimap, 27; Damil Said, 20; Mohammad Alif , 20; Reyner Fullo, 31; and Rodel Fernando.

They are all residents of Zamboanga City.

The maritime industry authority in Sulu has yet to receive an official report on the incident.

A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine what caused the vessel to sink.