PCG deploys team to watch over possible oil spill in Masbate sinking

June 15, 2013 12:09 pm 

MANILA, June 15 — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Saturday announced that it is keeping a tight watch over the sinking site of the ill-fated, M/V Mt. Carmel, to check for a possible oil spills.

The ship went down in calm weather one nautical mile from Burias Island, Masbate before dawn Friday.

Coast Guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo also said the Coast Guard teams have instructions to check nearby towns for possible survivors of the tragedy.

"Roll-on/roll-off (RORO) vessels use diesel fuel so there is little danger of an oil spill but our teams are there for possible contingencies," he said.

Two were confirmed dead while at least four are still missing, although Balilo said they are not discounting the possibility that more passengers — those not on the ship's manifest — may be missing.

An updated passenger and crew list showed that the RORO ship was carrying 64 passengers and crewmen when it sank.

Two were confirmed dead, four missing and 58 safe and all accounted for.

On the other hand, Balilo said they expect the search-and-rescue vessel BRP Pampanga (SARV-003) to arrive at the scene early Saturday.

The BRP Pampanga was one of two Coast Guard ships slated to take part in the Maritime Pollution Exercise 2013 in Indonesia but was diverted to help in search operations. (PNA)

LAM/PFN

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