ILOILO CITY - All 279 passengers on board the M/V Filipinas Cebu owned by the Cokaliong Shipping Lines that ran aground off waters of Sitio Miape, Barangay Igbon in Concepcion, Iloilo have been rescued as of 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.
Concepcion Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (MDRRM) Officer Jhon Rey Asturias in a phone interview on Tuesday said that 270 passengers were transferred to M/V Filipinas Nasipit bound for Cebu while nine passengers were ferried by the BRP Panglao (FPB-2402) of the Philippine Coast Guard going to Iloilo City.
M/V Filipinas Cebu left the port in Iloilo City at 7:14 p.m. on Monday bound for Cebu City.
At around 11 p.m. the vessel, while passing the waters of Concepcion, deviated from its original route due to "human error" hitting a shallow portion of the island barangay, Asturias said.
The place of incident is situated around three to four kilometers away from the town proper.
"There were no damage since there were no houses in the areas. It only hit the rocky portion of the sitio," he said in a dialect.
Personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, and MDRRM responders were deployed when they received the information from one of the passengers on board the vessel around 12:41 a.m. on Tuesday.
"There was no leak, no oil spill. The vessel is stable although there was a small hole that was immediately repaired," he said.
Concepcion Mayor Milliard Villanueva sent relief goods for lunch to passengers and crew while waiting for the new vessel to transport them to their destination. (PNA)