Strong winds and huge waves caused an inter-island ferry that came from Zamboanga to run aground about 20 meters from the Dumaguete City port yesterday morning.
MV Zamboanga Ferry of George and Peter Lines Inc. (GPLI) bound for Dumaguete and helmed by Capt. Arnold Tecson was expected to dock in the port at 9 a.m when the incident occured.
MV Zamboanga Ferry carried 194 adults, 23 children and 11 infants and 14 crew members including the ship captain.
Weather specialist Mayma Casilagan of the Mactan office of Pagasa said the northeast wind was blowing 35 kilometers per hour causing the vessel to drift away from the docking site.
“It was already tied up but the vessel was unmanageable due to the strong winds and waves,” said Chief Petty Officer Robin Caluscusin, Deputy Commander of the Coast Guard Dumaguete station.
Caluscusin said they ordered the ship’s crew to calm down the passengers while they try to rein in the passenger vessel.
GPLI provided rubber boats and motorboats to assist the Coast Guard in reining in the vessel./ Correspondent Christine Emily L. Pantaleon