Navy rescues vessel on fire at sea PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 December 2011 17:14

Two Navy boats rescued and assisted a burning vessel while anchored at vicinity 550 yards North West off Lugat Point, Misamis Oriental on December 22, 2011.

Upon receipt of distress call, Navy boats BRP Emilio Liwag (PG118) commanded by Cdr. Rolando M. Guanzonand BRP Jose Loor Jr (PG390) skippered by Lt. Arnold P. Simbajon stationed at Iligan City pier during that time immediately responded at the scene and extended assistance by employing their personnel and their equipment onboard to combat the fire together with other vessels at the vicinity.

The fire was declared under control after three hours of continuous effort to extinguish the fire by men of the responding units. The vessel was later identified as M/V Foxbat, a vessel carrying cement cargo with18 crew onboard and owned by Loadstar Shipping based in Manila.

Initial assessment revealed that the cause of fire was faulty electrical wiring inside the crew’s compartment.  No casualties were reported, however, the fire damaged the crew’s berth, pilot house, galley and the engine rooms. 

According to the ship captain, had the Philippine Navy not responded, the ship might be a total wreck and might caused the death of the crew.

The crew thanked the Navy for without them, they might be dead by now and the fire could have engulfed the entire 60-meter cargo vessel.

According to Rear Admiral Armando L Guzman, chief of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, the Navy vessels that responded were already been in the area since the onslaught of Typhoon “Sendong” searching and retrieving any survivors or cadavers washed away by flash flood that have engulfed some barangays in Iligan City and nearby provinces.  The Navy has already recovered 21 bodies and 24 survivors on their search and retrieval operations.