The officers and crew of SuperFerry 1 with the help of the Philippine Coast Guard completed the safe transfer of 618 passengers to Coron port after the vessel ran aground Sunday night, a press release from the firm said.
There were no reported injuries and initial dives revealed only minor scratches on the vessel’s hull.
According to the ship’s crew, SuperFerry 1 was navigating its common route when it unexpectedly beached 19 nautical miles off Coron.
Preliminary reports revealed the water was unusually shallow that evening due to low tide.
The incident, however, did not cause undue alarm to passengers as the impact was hardly felt, the press release said.
The company dispatched SuperFerry 2, which was set to arrive in Coron at noon yesterday, to carry the passengers back to Manila.
“We would like to assure the families of the 618 passengers that they are all safe and are being attended to,” freight commercial officer Jose Manuel Mapa said.*