BACOLOD City – An Iloilo- bound fast craft broke down at sea afternoon of April 10, 2019.
Commander Ludovico Librilla, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Bacolod station chief, said all 132 passengers were rescued.
Librilla M/V St. Emmanuel of ferry company Supercat, departed Bacolod port at 12:20 p.m.
After traveling for some seven nautical miles, the vessel suffered leak in its hydraulic pumps, causing the vessel to lose the steering. The captain had no choice but to stop.
Librilla said the vessel spent the next two hours floating off the coast of Bacolod City.
The rescue effort was stalled because of the rough sea condition that hampered the rescue tugboats from bringing the grounded ship to port.
Librilla said that the vessel was towed back and docked at Bredco port past 4 p.m.
Some of the passengers expressed their frustration for the delay in the rescue efforts.
Librilla explained to them that the rescue tugboats were exercising caution due to the rough waves.