Passengers of stranded ship complain of hunger


Posted at Jan 17 2014 11:02 AM | Updated as of Jan 17 2014 07:02 PM

MANILA – The passengers of a stranded ship off Bohol and Leyte have yet to be rescued and are now complaining of hunger.

A passenger of M/V Our Lady of All Nations, which ran aground between Bohol and Leyte at around 2 a.m. on Thursday, told Radio dyAB that the vessel's food supply has already run out. The ship has about 90 passengers from Bato, Leyte, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

A ship sent by Our Lady of All Nations owner Medallion Transport is having a hard time reaching the stranded vessel in Danajon Point due to strong waves, the passenger told Radio dyAB's June Perez.

Our Lady of All Nations is just one of the three vessels which ran aground in the Visayas on Thursday.

At least 237 passengers also got stranded after the M/V Joyful Star, owned by Robles Shipping, ran aground in Bantolinao Point in Mactan Island, Cebu at around 5 a.m. Thursday.

Another ship, M/V Subic Bay 1 carrying 62 crew members, was also reported to have run aground in Bantolinao Point.

No one was reported injured in the three incidents.
Medallion owns the roll-on roll-off vessel M/V Lady of Mt. Carmel, which sank off Masbate in June last year, killing two people.

Our Lady of All Nations, along with two other Medallion vessels M/V Lady of Sacred Heart and M/V Lady of Guadalupe, earlier passed the safety inspection of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).

MARINA ordered the suspension of the safety certificates of the M/V Lady of Miraculous Medal and M/V Lady of Angels after failing safety audits.