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8 crew members rescued, 13,500 cases of beers gone as cargo vessel sinks

MISAMIS Oriental–Coast guard authorities rescued eight crew members of a cargo vessel that sunk off the coast of Misamis Oriental Tuesday, but failed to retrieve 13,500 cases of beers that went down with the ill-starred vessel.

All eight crew members, including the skipper who was slightly injured, were safely rescued by responding coastguard and police rescue units who received the distress call moments before the Surigao-bound cargo vessel JJB SEABREEZE 8 sunk, Ensign Jerich Ybañez, of the Philippine Coast Guard, here said.

Buffeted by strong waves, the JJBA SEABREEZE 8 cargo vessel loaded with 13,500 cases of beers bound for Surigao province sunk late Tuesday afternoon, two kilometers off the shorelines of Sugbongcogon in Misamis Oriental.

Sgt. Jigger Rojo, of the Sugbongcogon police station, said that all crew members were rescued safely and were temporarily housed at the town’s isolation center.

“The fishermen informed us of the sinking vessel past seven Tuesday evening and we immediately launched rescue operations together with the coast guard,” Rojo said.

Coast guard authorities said that the cargo vessel was able to send “distress signal” before it sunk prompting the coast guard to launch a rescue and recovery operations.

Ybañez said that the cargo vessel was seaworthy prompting the coast guard to issue a clearance for the Surigao-bound cargo vessel to leave the port of Opol in Misamis Oriental Tuesday.

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