| 24 April 2024, Wednesday |

Four crew dead, 9 missing after cargo ship runs aground in Philippines

Four crew members from a cargo vessel that ran aground off the southern Philippines have perished, while 7 have been rescued and a search is underway for 9 others, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported on Wednesday.

The coast guard said the crew of LCT Cebu Great Ocean abandoned the ship, which was carrying 2,000 litres of diesel and nickel ore, before it ran aground in Surigao del Norte province on Monday.

The bodies of the 4 crew members were recovered after being washed onto the shore, while the 7 were rescued in different parts of the southern province after reaching land, Gelly Rosales, a coast guard official, told Reuters.

Rosales said the cargo ship was taking shelter from rough seas off another province when its anchor reportedly broke causing it to drift until it ran aground.

The weather had been rough in the area due to Typhoon Surigae, which brought winds that reached 195 km (121.17 miles) per hour, with its effects felt in several parts of the eastern Philippines.

Disaster officials reported on Wednesday that 3 people had died and 10 were wounded and one missing, in communities hit by strong winds, while tens of thousands remained in evacuation centers.

The Philippines sees nearly 20 tropical storms per year.

  • Reuters