7 survivors, 4 fatalities recovered in Surigao Norte ship mishap

Seven crew members were found alive, four others were found dead, and nine more remain missing after the ship they were riding aground amid rough seas in Malimono, Surigao del Norte, the Coast Guard said.

Commo. Armand Balilo, PCG spokesman, said he received reports on the surviving and dead crew members of LCT Cebu Great Ocean on Wednesday afternoon.

Residents found the dead bodies along the shores of Brgys. Jubgan and Balite in San Francisco town.

One of the fatalities was identified as a certain Norman Galon. The others have yet to be identified.

The seven survivors were found by PCG personnel and residents in different parts of Malimono and San Francisco, from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Six of them were identified as the ship’s chief mate Roger Polo and crew members Noli Labucay, Arjie Bacarra, Joejie Villanueva, Felipe Queben, and John Renzo Guanzon. The seventh has yet to be identified.

They are receiving treatment at different medical facilities.

Coast Guard members, police, and residents are looking for nine more crew members, Balilo said.

The LCT Cebu Great Ocean, skippered by Capt. Mario Palacio, ran aground along the shore of Brgy. Cantapoy, Malimono, on Monday, amid rough seas.

The ship, loaded with nickel ore and about 2,000 liters of diesel, was taking shelter and its crew reportedly abandoned it, Balilo said.

Investigation will be carried out after search and rescue operations to determine what caused the ship to run aground and if the incident was an effect of typhoon “Bising,” he said.

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