Cargo vessel sinks in Bohol waters, 28 rescued

Aiza Marrie Layague, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 18 2017 07:42 AM

CEBU CITY - Authorities rescued 28 crew members of the cargo vessel M/V Meridian Tres, which sank off the Sto. Nino dive site in Bohol around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas said the crew sent a mayday alert to Coast Guard Sub-Station Danao City before abandoning the ship.

Immediately after the distress call, Coast Guard Sub-Stations Hilongos conducted a search and rescue operation at the dive site as well as the area of Dawahon Island in Leyte.

Twenty-eight crew members were successfully rescued but one crew member, Benjamen Orola, is still missing.

The Philippine Coast Guard said the cargo vessel encountered big waves and strong winds while at sea, causing the stock pile of container vans containing assorted goods to collapse.

The PCG has advised all vessels transiting near the area to help look for the missing crew while the search and rescue operation is ongoing.

M/V Meridian Tres is owned and operated by the Meridian Cargoes Forwarder Incorporation.