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Over 100 escape troubled boat

Over 100 passengers were rescued from a distressed vessel at the vicinity waters of Malajibomanoc Island Thursday night.

According to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) a total of 104 passengers and 20 crew members onboard the marine vessel Divina Gracia were rescued.

The vessel was sailing along the waters of Malajibomanoc Island when it ran aground around 10:30 p.m.
The vessel was also carrying 12 rolling cargoes, a PCG official said.

Rescue operation was immediately launched as Coast Guard Southern Tagalog deployed BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402), a multi-role response vessel to render necessary assistance to the said vessel.

Three passengers were reportedly injured due to the incident.

All rescued passengers were later brought to Batangas Port while investigation on the vessel, said to be owned and operated by Montenegro Shipping Lines Inc., is underway. (Betheena Kae Unite)