Thursday, June 02, 2011
Around 13 crew members were injured when their cargo vessel caught fire in waters off Camarines Sur Wednesday night, police and coast guard officials said Thursday. Lieutenant Commander Algier Ricafrente, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Public Affairs chief, said “M/V STC Jeffrey Roy” exploded and caught fire around 11 p.m. on Wednesday in the vicinity of an oil depot along Ragay Gulf in Pasacao, Camarines Sur. “So far, the investigation is not clear but it appears that there was a sudden explosion in one part of the ship and that same explosion triggered the fire,” said Ricafrente.The fire broke out in the vessel while on its way to deliver some 50 drums of crude oil at a gasoline station on Simbuyan Island, Romblon. Police, who reported that the fire could have started in the engine room, noted that the vessel was also carrying marble slabs. Police probers said injured crew members were taken to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City. They were identified as Capt. Nathan Balbona, Jerwin Roy, Rolly Mangarin, Francisco Rubio, Jameson Ray, Erasmo Rosero, Florito Robizo, Ning Rapal, Jesmar Ragot, Dinnes Mangarin, Ronito Robizo, Jerson Roy and Jobert Mangarin.