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Navy rescues burning cargo vessel


ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Philippine Navy personnel have rescued a cargo vessel that caught fire off Misamis Oriental Thursday afternoon.
Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) commander Rear Admiral Armado Guzman said the fire broke out around 3:15 p.m. Thursday onboard M/V Foxbat while it was anchored at 550 yards northwest of Lugait Point, Misamis Oriental.
Guzman said BRP-Emilio Liwag and BRP-Jose Loor Jr., skippered by Commander Rolando Guanzon and Lieutenant Arnold Simbajon, respectively, which were stationed at the Iligan City pier, immediately responded upon receipt of distress call from M/V Foxbat.
ZAMBOANGA. Photo handouts show Navy personnel respond to a fire distress call Thursday afternoon while on a search and retrieval operations of “Sendong” victims off Misamis Oriental. (Bong Garcia)
The two vessels were among the watercrafts deployed by Guzman's command to assist in the search and retrieval operations of Tropical Storm Sendong's victims in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities.
“Sendong”, which left hundreds dead and thousands homeless in Northern Mindanao region, also hit Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.
Guzman said the sailors “extended assistance by employing their equipment onboard to combat the fire together with other vessels at the vicinity.”
“The fire was declared under control after three hours of continuous effort to extinguish the fire by elements of the responding units,” Guzman said.
He said investigation showed the cause of the fire, which broke out at the crew's compartment, was faulty electrical wiring.
No casualties were reported though the fire has damaged the crew's bert, pilot house, gallery and the engine rooms.
M/V Foxbat, which is manned by a crew of 18, is a cargo vessel owned by the Manila-based Loadstar Shipping firm.
The vessel ferries cement from Iligan City to Manila and other ports in the country. (Bong Garcia)
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Friday, December 23, 2011
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