Multiple groundings reported as Typhoon Molave hits Batangas, Philippines

Photo: Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard has reported numerous vessel grounding incidents that occurred in the province of Batangas just south of Manila on Monday, October 26, as Typhoon Molave swept through that portion of the country.

The vessels that had run aground due to the bad weather and rough sea conditions caused by the category one typhoon include the Ro-Pax ferry Starlite Annapolis, the fast ferry Saint Nuriel, and the tug Sedar 5 at the town of Mabini and the Ro-Pax ferry Super Shuttle Ro-Ro 12 at Bonito Island.

The coast guard added that the occupants of all four vessels have since been rescued and brought to various local hospitals to undergo medical screenings. No serious injuries have been reported.

Local authorities have not yet provided details on efforts to refloat the grounded vessels.

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