MANILA, Philippines – Three bodies of crew members of a sea vessel that ran aground in vicinity waters of Surigao del Norte have been found, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Wednesday.
In an update, the PCG said it has also rescued seven crew members of the LCT Cebu Great Ocean but 10 are still missing.
The PCG identified one of the fatalities as Norman Galon, who was found by residents along the shoreline of Barnagay Bilte in San Francisco.
The two other fatalities were found along the shoreline of Barangay Jubgan in San Francisco but the PCG has yet to release their identities.
The rescued individuals were Noli Labucay, Roger Polo (Chief Mate), Arjie Bacarar, Joejie Villanueva, Felipe Quebuen, John Renzo Guanzon, and another who is yet to be identified.
They are currently receiving medical assistance in various hospitals in Surigao del Norte, the PCG said.
The agency on Tuesday reported that LCT Cebu Great Ocean ran aground near the coastline of Barangay Cantapoy. Its 20 crew members were reported missing.
The PCG and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MARIG) said their search and rescue (SAR) operations will continue to look for other missing crew members.
A land mobility vehicle has also been deployed to conduct patrol operations along the shorelines of Malimono and San Francisco.
“Several PCG personnel continue to provide assistance to the survivors at the Malimono Regional Health Unit and the Caraga Regional for their speedy recovery. They are also on standby for the swift admission and provision of medical care to other survivors who will be rescued,” the PCG said.