Batangas-bound ship catches fire near Recto Bank

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Batangas-bound ship catches fire near Recto Bank
Car carrier M/V Diamond Highway catches fire near Recto Bank (Reed Bank). Its 25 crew members abandoned ship and are rescued by bulk carrier on its way to Thailand.

MANILA, Philippines – A car carrier ship was abandoned near Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea after catching fire, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) announced on Monday, June 17.

According to PCG Spokesman Captain Armand Balilo, foreign counterparts sent them an alert that a certain M/V Diamond Highway operated by K-line was “on fire and drifting somewhere in the Philippines.”

The fire was first reported, Balilo said, at around 11:30 pm on Sunday, June 16.

Balilo said the ship came from Singapore and was bound for Batangas before it was hit with the blaze.

The ship had 25 crew members who abandoned ship after rescued came with the arrival of Bulk Carrier Canupos Leader, which was on its way to Thailand.

According to Balilo, the car carrier was still on fire as of 1:40 pm, and the Philippines’ BRP Cabra is preparing to put out the blaze.

The PCG and its counterparts have yet to determine the cause of the flames. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.