The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)’s newest naval asset from France fast patrol boat BRP Boracay (FPB 2401) was able to immediately render its purpose when MV Super Shuttle Ferry 18 encountered engine problem in waters off Caticlan Anchorage in Malay, Aklan on October 22.
BRP Boracay and BRP Panglao (FPB 2402), both 24-meter Fast Patrol Boat type OCEA FPB72 Mark II, were commissioned to service on October 15.
BRP Boracay, together with multi-role response vessel BRP Cape Engaño (MRRV 4411), rendered assistance to a total of 142 passengers.
“Due to the swift response, about 135 adults, four children and three infants were safely disembarked at said port in Barangay Caticlan. All passengers were in good condition,” PCG said.
The PCG said investigation revealed that MV Super Shuttle Ferry 18 departed from Roxas, Mindoro around 3am on the same date with passengers and 7 rolling cargoes onboard.
“While underway to Caticlan Jetty Port, the vessel unfortunately encountered engine trouble,” PCG said.