Tugboat sinks in Batangas: 1 trapped dead, 1 injured

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BATANGAS: A 58-year old crew-member of a tugboat died and another was injured when the tugboat they were riding sank off the shore of Bauan town during the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda Saturday morning.

Batangas Coastguard Comman-der Captain Gregorio Adel iden-tified the fatality as Roberto Pelicano, a resident of Davao and one of the crewmembers of tugboat “Panama 17”.

Injured was identified as Allan Rada who suffered an abdominal laceration and is presently being treated at Bauan Doctors Hospital.

According to the report, the 20-crew tugboat “Panama 17” was pulling the crane-barge “Morong” to take shelter at the anchorage area in Bauan when they were swept away towards the rocky portion of the shoreline at Barangay San Pedro around 6:10 a.m.


Adel said the two vessels were pummeled with strong waves and winds caused by super typhoon Yolanda.

“Lumubog yung tugboat kasama ang 20 crew hanggang ma-trap ‘yung isa at malunod,” Adel said.

Meanwhile, the crane-barge “Morong” ran aground in a shallow portion of the shoreline and is presently sitting on top of rocks.

Asked if there was a possible oil spill in the area- “ Wala naman, mga diesel lang ang tumapon sa dagat at hindi bunker oil, madali namang mag-evaporate ang diesel kaya walang dapat ipangamba” Adel said.

The two vessels departed from JG Summit Corporation in Brgy Pinamucan, Batangas City to take shelter at the anchorage area in Bauan when the incident happened.

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