Thirteen crew rescued from tilted vessel off Bayangan Island

Thirteen crew members of Philippines-flagged cargo ship Star Sabang were rescued after their vessel totally capsized on January 15.

The cargo vessel carrying around 170 tons of cement tilted due to bad weather condition in the waters off Bayangan Island, Zamboanga del Norte on Monday.

The Philippine Coast Guard said the vessel Star Sabang left Cebu and was heading to Zamboanga.

“The Philippine Coast Guard has responded to a maritime incident involving M/V Star Sabang which accidentally tilted due to heavy weather condition in the vicinity waters off Bayangan Island, Zamboanga del Norte,” reads the coast guard statement.

The Coast Guard Sub-Station Salug received a phone call from the captain of the merchant vessel, Zamcebar Cutaran, who reported the incident.

A response team of the Coast Guard Sub-Station Salug and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office launched a rescue operation.

A total of 13 distressed crew were successfully rescued and safely arrived at Bayangan Island.