Grounded passenger vessel catches fire in Lapu-Lapu City

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TWO persons were reportedly brought to the hospital after a fire hit a grounded passenger vessel in Barangay Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City on Saturday dawn, July 16, 2022.

In a report to the Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas (PCG 7), there were seven crew members and a security guard onboard when the M/V Trans-Asia 1 caught fire around 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2022,

The PCG, however, did not identify the persons who were brought to the hospital.

The said vessel ran aground about 100 meters away from the shore of Barangay Punta Engaño during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in December 2021.

In his social media post, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) head Nagiel Bañacia said investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.

Bañacia said that firefighters had a hard time putting out the blaze as the ship was far from the shore.

In an official statement released by Trans-Asia Shipping Lines Inc. around 9 a.m. on the same day, no one was reported hurt or injured in the incident.

“We are evaluating the extent of the damage and assessing possible recoveries. 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. (MKG)

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