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Vessel of 2Go slams into port

/ 12:19 AM March 11, 2015
THE 2GO vessel  that slammed  into the port  in Cebu City,  injuring at least  21 passengers JHUNNEX NAPALLACAN/  INQUIRER VISAYAS

THE 2GO vessel that slammed into the port in Cebu City, injuring at least 21 passengers JHUNNEX NAPALLACAN/ INQUIRER VISAYAS

CEBU CITY—At least 21 persons were hurt on Tuesday when a vessel of the company 2Go Travel hit the docking area at Pier 1 in the city.

Cebu Coast Guard Cmdr. Rodolfo Villajuan said the vessel, St. Sealthiel, suffered a defective steering system as it tried to dock at its berthing space past 8 a.m.

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The vessel suffered dents.

St. Sealthiel, which had 119 passengers on board, left the Tagbilaran City port at 6:30 a.m. and was supposed to arrive in Cebu two hours later.

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Alan Gabales, a checker of Cokaliong Shipping Lines, said he noticed that the vessel turned off its engine a few meters before it could dock at its berthing space.

He said he turned his back to continue his work when he heard a loud thud.

The vessel hit a portion of the port, which is the designated berthing space for roll-on, roll-off vessels of Cokaliong and is some 50 meters away from the berthing space of the 2Go vessel.

A porter said he noticed that the 2Go vessel stopped a few meters from its berthing space.

“It must have had some mechanical problem because the engine stopped. The vessel suddenly rammed into the berthing space of Cokaliong,” said the porter, who asked that his name not be mentioned.

Councilor Dave Tumulak, chair of Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, who helped in the rescue operation, said passengers suffered abrasions, contusions and scratches.

Porters said they saw some passengers had bloodied faces while being rushed into ambulances.

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