The MV Our Lady of Fatima 03, a passenger ship, experienced engine failure about one nautical mile southwest of Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas on Saturday morning. All 54 passengers and nine crew members on board were reported to be safe by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). The engine failure occurred at around 9:30 a.m. while the ship was traveling between Ambil and Fortune Island. Attempts to troubleshoot the engine were unsuccessful, leaving the ship stranded. The PCG reported that the exhaust valve of the engine was damaged, causing the dislocation of its push rod. The distressed vessel was then towed back to Wawa Port in Nasugbu.
This incident highlights the challenges of navigating rough waters in sea travel. Engine failures can occur unexpectedly, putting the safety of passengers and crew at risk. In this case, the quick response of the PCG ensured that all individuals on board were safely evacuated. It also emphasizes the importance of regular maintenance and inspections of ships to prevent such incidents from happening. The damaged engine parts will need to be repaired or replaced before the MV Our Lady of Fatima 03 can resume its operations.
Overall, this incident serves as a reminder of the potential risks involved in maritime transportation and the need for proper safety protocols and emergency response measures. The PCG’s prompt action in towing the distressed vessel to safety demonstrates their commitment to ensuring the well-being of those at sea.