Sunken ship's owners deny mechanical failure
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Blasting “false statements,” the management of the ship that sank off Burias Island, Masbate, on Friday, June 14, denied that mechanical failure caused the accident that killed two passengers.
In a statement, Medallion Transport spokesman Ricardo Labial Jr said there were also “no lapses in lashing of the rolling cargoes” before the ship, M/V Our Lady of Mt Carmel, was allowed to sail. Labial said the Philippine Coast Guard in Pioduran, Albay, had thoroughly inspected the ship before it departed.
He added the ship underwent preventive maintenance in December 2012.
“The management, in the meantime, cannot speculate as to the cause of the incident and will undertake an investigation to ascertain the cause thereof,” Labial said.
While the investigation is ongoing, he said each victim will immediately receive financial assistance from their company.
Based on official records, M/V Our Lady of Mt Carmel carried 35 passengers, 22 crew members, two buses, and a 6-wheeler truck when it sank at around 5:30 pm on Friday.
Authorities rescued all 55 surviving, documented passengers less than 12 hours after it sank. Two of the 57 people on the ship died, however.
Officials said they have yet to determine the cause of the incident. Initial findings show it may have been unbalanced by the two passenger buses and the large truck it was carrying. – with a report from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com