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Cargo vessel sinks off Antique

Philippines – A cargo vessel ferrying some 9,000 liters of diesel and more than 30,000 sacks of cement sank yesterday morning off San Jose de Buenavista, Antique, sparking fears of a possible oil spill.

Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) San Jose De Buenavista, Antique Station commander Lt. Glen Daraug said they are now preparing for the worst after the MV Seaford 2 went down some 800 nautical miles off the coast of San Jose de Buenavista, Antique, around 9:06 a.m.

All 18 crew members, including Ship Captain Mario Mula, were safely brought to the shore of Barangay San Pedro, San Jose de Buenavista, prior to the sinking of the cargo vessel owned by Seaford Shipping Lines, according to Daraug. “Ang tinututukan natin ngayon ay `yung lumubog na barko na pumailam ng mga around 60 meters para mapigilan ang posibleng oil spill dahil sa dala nitong diesel,“ Daraug said in an interview. Information reaching the PCG headquarters in Antique showed that the 2,465-tonned vessel, which left the Lugait Port in Iligan last Saturday, was heading to the port of Lipata in Culasi, Antique, when it hit a still unknown object that punctured and open the ship’s hull. (Leonard D. Postado)