800 passengers stranded in Cebu due to 'Caloy'


Posted at Mar 22 2014 10:30 AM | Updated as of Mar 22 2014 09:38 PM

CEBU – Around 800 passengers were stranded at the Cebu Pier on Friday after the Coast Guard cancelled all trips bound for Bohol, Leyte and other parts of Mindanao due to tropical depression "Caloy."

Chief Petty Officer Rey Enario of the Coast Guard Detachment in Pier 1 said most passengers are bound for Bohol.

According to the Coast Guard, the passengers decided to stay with relatives in Cebu City, while waiting for the next weather bulletin from PAGASA.

Others have asked for a refund of their tickets.

The Coast Guard also disallowed small vessels to sail due to Caloy.

Meanwhile, over 100 passengers were also stranded at the BREDCO port in Bacolod City.

The Coast Guard suspended trips of fast crafts and roll-on roll-off vessels to Iloilo and Bacolod since 11 p.m. Friday.

In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin on Saturday, PAGASA said public storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over the following areas.

  • Southern Leyte
  • Bohol
  • Siquijor
  • Cebu
  • Negros Provinces
  • Guimaras
  • Iloilo
  • Antique
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Surigao del Norte including Siargao
  • Dinagat
  • Northern Agusan del Sur
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Bukidnon
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Camiguin

These areas will experience winds of 30 to 60 kph in at least 36 hours, PAGASA said. -- Reports by Edgar Escalante, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas; Yasmin Pascual-Dormido, ABS-CBN News Bacolod