PCG: Typhoon ‘Santi’ strands 2,457 passengers

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A total of 2,457 passengers and 19 vessels have been stranded in several ports as typhoon “Santi” continue to bring heavy rains in some parts of the country, the Philippine Coast Guard reported Saturday.

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As of 10 p.m. Friday, the PCG said that its field offices have recorded the following:

— Coast Guard Station (CGS) Manila wth 166 passengers and nine vessels reported stranded

— CGS Batangas 1,183 passengers and no vessels stranded

— CGS Calapan 120 passegers, no vessels

— CGS Romblon 17 passengers, three vessels

— CGS Puerto Real 15, and one vessel

— CGS Mamburao 56 passengers, no vessels

— CGS Lucena 166 passengers, no vessels

— CGS Catanduanes 12 passengers and two vessels

— CGS Albay 705 pasengers and four vessels

— CGS Camarines Sur 17 passengers and no vessels

The PCG directed all the agency’s units to brace for the effects of typhoon “Santi” as it is expected to severely affect parts of the western parts of the country.

PCG Commandant Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena directed all district commanders in areas affected by the weather disturbance to coordinate with their counterparts in the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils for deployment of troops in rescue operations.

Also, operators of small vessels, motor bancas and fishing boats are advised to avoid sailing the southwest and western section of the country where sea condition is rough.

Isorena also reminded boat operators with open deck and fishermen in the areas not directly affected by the typhoon to exercise extra diligence in sailing as sea condition may still be rough, and to always wear safety gear while at sea.

The Coast Guard chief also reminded all shipping vessels are not permitted to travel in areas and routes where Public Storm Warning Signals are presently hoisted by the weather bureau.

The memorandum circular also mentioned if a shipping vessel is caught by public storm warning in the middle of the sea, it should take shelter immediately and not risk the lives of their passengers.

“All those who will violate rules will be subjected for the suspension or cancellation of their franchise,” Isorena said.

He added that all station and district commanders in the areas that they can suspend the voyage of passenger boats and ships even without a storm signal if they notice that the sea condition will continue to become rough. PNA

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