160 ship passengers rescued off Talisay City-A A +A
Friday, January 24, 2014
MANILA -- A total of 160 passengers were rescued on Friday morning after a fast craft ran aground off Lauis Ledge in Talisay City, Cebu Thursday evening.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Public Affairs Chief Commander Armando Balilo said M/V Weesam-7 accidentally hit the sea floor while supposedly on its way to Cebu Port terminal from Ormoc City in Leyte.
Balilo said the Cebu Coast Guard and the vessel's sister ship M/V Weesam Express-8 have successfully evacuated all the passengers around 8 a.m. Friday.
The Lauis Ledge, located near Barangay Tanke in Talisay City, is the site where the M/V St. Thomas Aquinas vessel of 2Go Shipping sank after colliding with a cargo vessel last year. The accident resulted in the death of 116 passengers. [Read the related story.] (Sunnex)