Cargo vessel catches fire off Batangas island

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Philippine-registered M/V Moreta Venture caught fire at the vicinity of Maricaban Island in Batangas early Monday morning. FILE PHOTO

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) — A Philippine-registered cargo vessel caught fire at the vicinity of Maricaban Island in Batangas early Monday morning.

The incident occurred at 4:53 a.m. involving M/V Moreta Venture, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

Officers and crew onboard are all safe and accounted for, PCG spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo said.

"Upon arrival at the incident area, PCG personnel ensured that all officers and crew onboard were safe and accounted for before combating fire onboard," he said.

Responding patrol vessel BRP Boracay (FPB 2401) rendered assistance after receiving a distress call from the PCG Command Center. A PCG helicopter was also deployed to check the incident.

Commodore Leovigildo Panopio of the PCG District - Southern Tagalog said no casualty was reported. Fire was declared out at around 8:00 a.m.

"Said cargo vessel, which is now dead on the water and drifting, will be towed to the nearest port for safety," Balilo said.

The PCG is already coordinating with the nearest tugboat in the vicinity waters for assistance.