Search and rescue underway for missing crew after vessel runs aground off Surigao del Norte

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20)— Search and rescue operations are underway for some 20 missing crew members of a vessel that ran aground in waters off Surigao del Norte, the Philippine Coast Guard said Tuesday.

In its incident report, the PCG said it responded to a maritime incident involving the LCT Cebu Great Ocean vessel along the shoreline of Barangay Cantapoy in Malimono town on Monday afternoon.

"According to the PCG Station Surigao del Norte, the 20 crew members of said vessel are allegedly missing," the PCG said in its social media page.

Initial investigation showed the vessel was "loaded with nickel ore and contains approximately 2,000 liters of diesel on board," the PCG added.

The PCG said it is still investigating whether the incident was directly caused by Typhoon Bising.