Aground ship in Lapu catches fire; 2 hospitalized

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TWO persons were hurt after a fire hit a non-trading vessel while aground in Barangay Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City at dawn Saturday, July 16, 2022.

According to a report of the Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas (PCG 7), there were eight persons on board when the mv Trans-Asia 1 caught fire around 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, seven of whom were crew members and one a security guard.

The PCG, however, did not identify who had been brought to the hospital for proper treatment.

The vessel was already aground during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in December 2021 and was situated about 100 meters from the shore of Barangay Punta Engaño.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Head Nagiel Bañacia said an investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the fire.

Bañacia said two of the crew members were brought to the hospital after sustaining injuries during the fire.

Bañacia added firefighters also had a hard time putting out the blaze due to its distance from the shore.

Official statement

In a statement released at 9 a.m on the same day, officials of Trans-Asia Shipping Lines Inc. said they are evaluating the extent of the damage on the vessel and providing assistance to their personnel who were affected by the incident.

Despite Bañacia’s claim, the shipping firm assured that no one was reported hurt or injured during the fire.

“Rest assured that the Trans-Asia Management Committee is on top of the situation to ensure the crew’s safety and well-being,” it said, adding that the vessel has been under repair and recovery since it ran aground in the area in December.

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