7 crew members still missing, 6 dead after vessel ran aground in Surigao del Norte

TACLOBAN CITY — A week after the onslaught of Typhoon Bising, seven crew members of the vessel LCT Cebu Great Ocean ran aground along the shoreline of Brgy. Cantapoy, Malimono, Surigao Del Norte on April 19 are still missing.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) immediately conducted a search and rescue for the missing crews. 

Upon their search operation, PCG confirmed the whereabouts of the seven (7) survivors while retrieving the dead bodies of those who didn't survive.


According to a report by RPN DXKS Surigao, all the retrieved dead bodies are now placed at Aldonza Funeral Homes, namely:

1. Electrician Norman Galon 
2. Chief Engineer Michael Inoc
3. Oiler Jose Sherwin Laniba 
4. Clearing Officer Mark Evan Cuesta 
5. Clint B. Auxtero
6. Oiler Lemuel S. Dadivas


Meanwhile, the seven (7) crew the seven crew that are still missing are as follows:

1. Capt. Mario Palacio
2. Marvin Lusica
3. Oiler Mark Louie Masibag
4. Vincent dela Peña
5. Jaydee Juntilla
6. Mark Suarez
7. Raneso Macapaz


In a report by The Seamanship, the status of survivors rescued by the search and rescue team are as follows:

1. Nole Labucay - stable condition transferred to CARAGA Regional Hospital, Surigao City
2. Junmar Galeos - stable condition transferred to CARAGA Regional Hospital, Surigao City
3. John Guanzon - discharged yesterday at Malimono District Hospital and is now with his family. 

Meanwhile, the following survivors are all admitted at CARAGA Regional Hospital, Surigao del Norte:

1. Roger Polo
2. Arjie Bacarra
3. Joejie Villanueva
4. Felipe Quebuen, Jr.


According to reports, the Captain and the crew members of LCT Cebu Great ocean abandoned the vessel due to a broken anchor. The ship then drifted and ran aground more than 60 kilometers from where it was anchored.

Operations for the seven (7) missing crew of the vessel are still ongoing. —Tacloban News Update (with reports from RPN DXKS Surigao/The Seamanship/Daily Sabah)

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