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[Progress Report] This is a follow-up on the maritime incident involving barge, POE 86 KUCHING that ran aground at the coral sanctuary 1.5 NM away from the shoreline of Silaqui Island, Bolinao, Pangasinan on 27 December 2021.

According to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Sub-Station Bolinao, the origin of the said barge was tugboat, CRYSTAL PROCYON.

While traversing the vicinity waters off Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, CRYSTAL PROCYON encountered strong winds and big waves, cutting the towing line of POE 86 KUCHING.

Due to the prevailing bad weather, the crew decided to abandon the said barge and took shelter at the vicinity waters off Sta. Cruz, Zambales until the weather stabilized.

On 28 December 2021, CRYSTAL PROCYON proceeded to the vicinity waters off Bolinao to coordinate with the LGU and discuss the extent of damage at the grounding site.

[Progress report to follow]