15 rescued in Bohol, 1 missing


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Strong waves outbalance 2 cargo barges docked at a Bohol port

MANILA, Philippines – At least 14 crew members of 2 cargo barges that were docked at Guindulman, Bohol were rescued Friday, Nov 8, as Typhoon Yolanda pummelled the Visayas.

The 2 barges, loaded with limestone, departed Garcia Hernandez Port in Bohol but were forced to seek shelter at Guindulman Port, the military quoting the Coast Guard said.

Strong waves caused by Yolanda, however, outbalanced the barges, according to Bohol provincial administration and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management OIC Ae Demalerio.  

A crew member decided to jump out into the sea. Demalerio told Rappler that as of 3:06 pm, 7 crew members of one barge have been rescued, while one more remains missing. Rescue operations are ongoing.

DZMM’s Dexter Ganibe reported that all 8 crew members of the other barge, LCT Big Champ, are safe. The rescue operation was conducted by local police, Bohol’s Tarsier 117 team, Guindulman Coast Guard, JENRO, and town officials.

So far, it’s the only maritime incident reported in the province.

On Thursday, the Coast Guard barred ships from sailing because of projected storm surges caused by Yolanda.

Power down in Bohol

The province, which is still recovering from the devastation caused by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake, now has to deal with another potential disaster. According to Demalerio, power has been cut in the province, making communication difficult.

As of posting, Demalerio said the provincial government could still contact all of Bohol’s municipalities. Power is expected to be restored Friday evening, Nov 8, Demalerio said. 

Coastal towns, including those badly affected by the quake, have been evacuated. In Loon, evacuees are taking shelter in the house of relatives, or schools that were not damaged by the quake. Some were transferred to Tagbilaran City.

Demalerio said calamity funds and relief packs in the province are still enough to cover those that will be displaced by the typhoon. The province, however, is asking for more funds from national government. –Bea Cupin/Rappler.com

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