Malay vessel trip suspension strands 1,400 travelers

BY BOY RYAN ZABAL

Monday, April 17, 2017

Passengers embark on a Boracay-bound motorized boat. Motorized boats and fast crafts going to and from the island resort were allowed trips on Black Saturday when all other sea vessel trips were cancelled amid “Crising,” a tropical depression later downgraded to a low-pressure area. BOY RYAN ZABAL

 

KALIBO, Aklan – Around 1,400 passengers were stranded at the Caticlan port in Malay town when the Philippine Coast Guard suspended trips due to tropical depression “Crising” early Saturday morning.

At the time the state weather bureau placed Western Visayan provinces and Romblon under Signal No. 1.

But several trips resumed as soon as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration lifted the storm warning signal on Saturday evening.

“Crising” was also downgraded to a low-pressure area.

Ang ibang barko ay lumayag na papuntang Roxas, Mindoro at Batangas noong Black Saturday ng gabi,” Seaman Second Class Carlo Abinal of the Coast Guard Caticlan office said in a phone interview. “Patuloy din ang operasyon ng mga pump boats sa Boracay dahil gumanda ang panahon.”

Other vessels resumed operations on Easter Sunday.

But during the sea trip suspension, eight roll-on, roll-off vessels bound for Oriental Mindoro and Batangas were affected. A total of 1,422 passengers were stranded.

Doon sila nag-shelter, ang mga barko, sa kalapit na ports sa Roxas and Bulalacao sa Mindoro,” Abinal said. “Lahat din ng bangka papuntang Romblon ay kanselado.”

But the Coast Guard allowed trips of motorized boats and fast crafts going to and from Boracay.

Vessels in “short-distance voyage” or identified under special areas such as the Boracay-Caticlan route are allowed depending on weather conditions in their areas.

But “water sports and island-hopping activities in Boracay were cancelled,” said Abinal.

No untoward incident happened during the Holy Week in Boracay, he said./PN