6 rescued after motorbanca capsizes off coast of Lapu-Lapu

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SIX people survived after their motorbanca capsized while transporting basic commodities off the coast of Barangay Baring in Lapu-Lapu City Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

Nagiel Bañacia, Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office head, reported that the motorbanca was enroute to Caubian Island when the incident happened at 2 p.m.

Bañacia identified the survivors namely Erlinda Garcia; Kristine Monette Garcia, 21; Edna Inoc, 50; Flora Alop, 46, Benjamin Amorin Sr., 57, owner of the motorbanca; and Amorin’s son, Benjamin Jr., 36.

Erlinda was brought to Sta. Rosa Community Hospital for proper treatment after she sustained lacerations in her left ankle. The rest of the survivors sustained no injuries, according to Bañacia.

Bañacia said the six survivors managed to swim at the seashore of Barangay Baring and were assisted by residents in the area.

Garcia said their motorbanca encountered huge waves in the vicinity of Barangay Baring, causing the vessel to capsize.

In its weather bulletin issued 5 p.m. of Friday, Dec. 31, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has raised a gale warning for both eastern and western seaboards of Visayas due to rough seas with a wave height that can reach up to 4.5 meters and wind force of up to 63 kilometers per hour.

The Philippine Coast Guard has already suspended the voyage of vessels of 250 gross tonnage and below with trips from the Camotes Group of Islands to mainland Cebu and Province of Leyte as a preventive measure to avoid maritime incidents.

Pagasa previously mentioned that the shear line or tail end of frontal system is the prevailing weather system being experienced in Visayas that is expected to continue until Jan. 3, 2022.

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