12 passengers rescued from grounded ship in Sorsogon

Twelve passengers were put to safety by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Boarding Team after a RoRo vessel ran aground 25 meters northeast off Pilar Port, Sorsogon earlier today at around 2:50 AM.

Pilar, Sorsogon
Reports revealed that while MV Maria Sophia, with 21 passengers and 21 crew, was conducting an undocking maneuver to depart for Masbate City, it encountered a strong current and drifted to a shallow portion of Pilar Port.

Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Pilar immediately coordinated with MV Reina Banderada, the distressed vessel’s sister ship, which was scheduled to depart next for Masbate City.

The boarding team successfully transferred 12 passengers to said sister ship.

However, the remaining nine passengers, including truck drivers, escorts and crew decided to remain onboard MV Maria Sophia and wait for high tide to pull out from its agrounding position.

At 9:30 AM, said vessel was extracted from her grounded area upon high tide. The personnel of CGSS Pilar subsequently advised the skipper to file a Marine Protest.

MV Maria Sophia, with 269.10 GT/166.59 NT, is owned and operated by Montenegro Shipping Lines Incorporated and skippered by Captain Jake Henrick Marcelino. (Coast Guard)

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