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Vessel limps back to Cebu City

/ 11:38 AM June 03, 2012

A PASSENGER and cargo vessel managed to return to the Cebu City port at past 3 p.m. yesterday, three hours after it experienced engine trouble near Kawit Island.

The MV J and N ferry made an emergency docking near  Kawit Island after its engine’s gasket leaked, said Cebu Coast Guard Commander Rolando Punzalan Jr.

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The ferry, with 71 passengers and 23 crew  on board, left Pier 1 in Cebu City at about 12 p.m. for Ubay, Bohol province.

The ferry experienced engine trouble at 2:20 p.m.

Punzalan said his office received a distress call from a certain Merced Llerin whose relative was on board the ferry.

The ferry’s captain Saturnino Gaudicos later confirmed that a leaking gasket was being repaired.

Coast Guard personnel were sent out to rescue the stranded passengers at about 2:50 p.m.

By then, the repair on the gasket was done.

The ferry returned to Cebu City’s Pier 1 with all its passengers and crew members safe.

The incident was not related to weather conditions arising from Tropical Storm Ambo.  /Correspondent Edison delos Angeles

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