A female crew member of M/V Lite Ferry 3 drowned on Friday night while 15 others could be rescued when the vessel capsized at Ormoc port. M/V Lite Ferry 3, on its way from Mandaue City in Cebu, sank during a docking manoeuvre. It had no passengers on it when it sank. The lone fatality is purser Raquel Alo from Bohol. Two more crew members have also been injured.
Image Credits: Philippine Coast GuardDuring an interview on Saturday, Donna Liza Duran, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Ormoc spokesperson Lt. Commander said that they were waiting for the report of Carlos Rosalada, the vessel captain.
Duran said that the 52-year-old M/V Lite Ferry 3 had docked at about 11:45 p.m. Preparations to disembark cargoes from Cebu, like cement, flour, and iron was ongoing. Per the PCG, there were rolling cargoes as well.
The boat had tilted to the starboard, and it partially submerged. When the ramp opened, seawater seeped in. The body of the female crew member was recovered lying beneath a heap of cargoes around 3 am. The vessel was built in 1969. However, it underwent modification in 2013. It weighed 231-gross tonnage. (PNA)
In a post on Facebook, Danilo Lines Inc. wrote on Lite Shipping Corp.’s page that it will immediately deploy a replacement ship to take the Cebu to Ormoc City route.
On Saturday afternoon, it also said that besides the one being undertaken by the PCG-Ormoc City, it would conduct its investigation once 16 crew members, including Alo’s body, arrive in Cebu by Saturday night, or Sunday.
The company promised to cover expenses for Alo’s burial and repatriation and said that her family would receive separation pay, last pay, and also her insurance proceeds.
Reference: Philippine Coast Guard – Facebook
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