Fire hits cargo vessel off Batangas, crewmen safe – Coast Guard
MANILA, Philippines — A cargo vessel caught fire off Maricaban Island in Batangas on Monday morning.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said that at 4:53 a.m., its command center received a distress call relayed by BRP Tubbataha (MRRV 4001) about the fire incident on M/V Moreta Venture.
“All officers and crew onboard are safe and accounted for,” PCG spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo said in a Viber message to reporters.
He said that the responding PCG vessel, BRP Boracay (FPB – 2401), is now at the site to render assistance.
He added that a PCG helicopter was also dispatched to the area to extend assistance.
Commodore Leovigildo Panopio, commander of the PCG District – Southern Tagalog said fire out was declared at around 8 a.m.
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