The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station Roxas and Bantay Dagat Roxas on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, rescued seven passengers from the ML MRRL, a distressed motor launch, in the nearby waters off Zabala Reef in Barangay Caramay, Palawan.
The joint search and rescue (SAR) team sailed from Roxas Feeder Port on way to Zabala Reef, where the stranded motor launch was anchored, after receiving a distress call from ML MRRL’s skipper, Mr. Ricky Conge.
The rescued passengers were transported to Roxas Feeder Port via ferry, while the motor launch was towed by a motorized boat.
The vessel’s propeller was accidentally derailed, according to Mr. Conge, when they were traveling around the nearby waters off Tulariquin Reef and Zabala Reef on their way to Barangay Sta. Teresita, Dumaran, Palawan.
Because it only had one propeller, they were limited in their maneuverability. He decided to stay with the current until they reached a shallow area of the island, where they would anchor for safety until the SAR crew came.
Before resuming regular operations, PCG Station Roxas instructed the captain to file a marine protest and correct the motor launch’s derangement.