Cement Ship Sinks Suddenly Off Philippine Port

Cebu Daily News
Wednesday, July 04, 2012

A ship loaded with 23,000 bags of cement sinks off Lapu-Lapu city in the Philippines

According to the 'Cebu Daily News', A cargo vessel carrying 23,000 bags of cement has sunk less than a mile from Canjulao, Lapu-Lapu City. All 17 officers and crew managed to swim to shore safely.

While maneuvering in the seawaters between the pier of Super Shuttle Ferry and Gothong in Mandaue City, 0.8 nautical mile from the shoreline of Canjulao, Lapu-Lapu City, the vessel hit a shallow area, causing it to tilt.

The vessel returned to the upright but the crew later noticed that water had entered the ship and its engine room was already flooded.

The crewmen were rescued later by Shuttle Service boat CLN, the Coast Guard said in its report.

A coast guard staffer said the vessel is submerged, but its masthead can still be seen above the water.

The accident is to be investigated by the Coast Guard.


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