Big waves send boat crashing on 15 houses in Rio Hondo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:20

Fifteen houses were destroyed after big and strong waves sent a cargo vessel onto the shore of Rio Hondo early Monday morning.

The incident took place around 3 a.m. when Zamboanga City was battered by rains and strong wind. No one was hurt.

Junlou Sta. Rita, a crewmember  of the vessel named “Tanah Tawi-Tawi” owned by the Tawi-Tawi provincial government, told newsmen that he and other crewmen  were aboard the boat anchored at the mini wharf of Rio Hondo when it was hit by big and strong waves.

Sta. Rita said the vessel was swept to the shorelines where houses are built.

But while the vessel was moving towards shore, Sta. Rita and his vessel mates managed to give warning to the residents to abandon their houses.
Residents woke up because of the warning . They ran out of their houses.

Moments later, the vessel hit the shore and the houses.

The occupants of the houses confirmed that no one from them was hurt during the incident, but their belongings and other properties were badly damaged.

The house owners said they have no plan to take legal action against the boat operator or owner, but only appealed to the Tawi-Tawi provincial government to replace their destroyed properties.

The barangay council of Rio Hondo was still assessing the total damage brought about by the freak accident.– Dan Toribio Jr.