Four crew members of a submerged vessel were rescued in the waters off Surigao del Norte on Tuesday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
In a statement on Wednesday, the PCG said MTUG Surigao Strait sank in the waters off Berth 1, Surigao Base Port, Surigao del Norte.
The PCG Station Surigao Del Norte received a phone call that the vessel had submerged while assisting the MV Span Asia 33 in its undocking maneuver.
“The PCG's SAR (search and rescue) team proceeded to the said vicinity and rendered necessary assistance. The rescued individuals were allowed to go home after ensuring they were in good physical condition,” it said.
“Meanwhile, the PCG's Marine Environmental Protection Command installed oil spill booms as a precautionary measure after the Coast Guard Special Operations Group conducted an underwater inspection that yielded a negative result.” —Sherylin Untalan/VBL, GMA Integrated News