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PCG: 11 crew members found safe after stag boat ran aground
PCG: 11 crew members found safe after stag boat ran aground
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PCG: 11 crew members found safe after stag boat ran aground
by Ellicia Del Mundo31 July 2023
Photo courtesy: PCG Facebook page

Eleven crew members of a motor tugboat was found safe after they got stranded in the waters of Palaui Island in Sta. Ana, Cagayan during Typhoon Egay's onslaught on Saturday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

In an update posted on Sunday, PCG said it has extended assistance to the 11 crew members of M/TUG SEDAR 7.

"The PCG team confirmed that the 11 crew members, including the captain, were safe and in good physical condition," it said.

Initial report received by the Coast Guard stated that the strong current and large waves dragged the motor tugboat which caused it to be drifted to the shallow part of Palaui Island.

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According to PCG, no oil spill was detected during the assessment of the PCG's Marine Environmental Protection (MEP) Force.

"The Coast Guard response team will board the vessel to provide further assistance as soon as the weather permits," it said.

Meanwhile, in a different development, the aluminum boat used by the missing PCG rescuers was found in Aparri, Cagayan.

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PCG said it was the captain of MV Eagle Ferry who found the aluminum boat floating along Calayan Island.

The aerial at-surface search and rescue (SAR) operations continue for the four missing personnel.

The PCG personnel was last seen in the Cagayan River last July 26.

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