CEBU CITY: A Cebu City-bound ferry carrying 118 passengers and 60 crew conked out at dawn on Monday while in the seas near Bohol, Cebu Coast Guard officials said.
The Super Shuttle Roro 3, which came from Cagayan de Oro City, conked out at 2 a.m. while sailing in the seas between Siquijor and Bohol.
Cebu Coast Guard Chief Rodolfo Villajuan said the incident was reported to them only at 6 a.m.
He said the Coast Guard immediately dispatched two vessels, the BRP Romblon and patrol boat 318 to the area near Balicasag Island in Bohol to assist the passengers.
Felix Poloyapoy, one of the passengers, said he woke up at 3 a.m. thinking they have arrived at the Cebu port because the engine of the boat was no longer running.
Poloyapoy said he later found they were still in the middle of the sea.
The boat was listing on its side, he said.
Coast Guard officials the boat’s engine was repaired and was able to leave the area at about 10:30 a.m.
The boat arrived at the Cebu port at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, Coast Guard District Central Visayas (CGDCV) Commander William Melad said the captain of the ship may be sanctioned for failure to report the incident early.
Melad said it was already 7:30 a.m. when they learned about the incident.
“Ipapatawag namin ang kapitan ng barko pagdating dito [We will call the captain when he arrives here]. They believed it was a small problem that they could fix. I have directed the station commander to ask them to explain. They would file a marine protest din,” he said.