PCG: The captain and crane operator of a sunken cargo vessel remains missing while the rest of his crew were successfully rescued yesterday by a passing fishing boat 20 nautical miles north west of Naso Point, Anini-y, Antique.  

MV Vital was reportedly underway from Carmen, Cebu to Cuyo, Palawan to transport its cargo of cement, when rough seas battered the ship causing it to tilt to port side and sink around 11:15PM.

Four hours later, 11 of its crew were rescued by a passing fishing boat while on its way to Pedra, Cuyo, Palawan.

The incident was reported to the personnel of Coast Guard Station (CGS) San Jose de Buenavista by the Antique Provincial Police Office.

The personnel of said station immediately conducted a search and rescue operations for the missing seafarers and rendered necessary assistance to the 11 others. 

The survivors were brought to Barangay Bayo Grande in Antique and remained in custody of CGS San Jose de Buenavista.

C/M Eddie Lucena was advised to file a marine protest while the water crafts transiting the area were told to be vigilant for the missing seafarers identified as Capt. Celso L. Rafols, 64 years old, and Crane Operator Esmael Cabonce,48 years old.

The survivors are as follows:

Name Position Age Address
Eddie V. Lucena  Chiefmate  55  Bgry. Banago, Caluya, Antique 
Deody V. Lucena  Chief Engineer  47  Bgry. Banago, Caluya, Antique 
Jayson E. Loquias  Quarter Master  34  Lilo-An, Cebu 
Jayson E. Robiato  Quarter Master  19  Plaridel, Misamis Occidental 
Jonel T. Felipe  Quarter Master  27  Bgry. Banago, Caluya, Antique 
Jay G. Medilo  Oiler  38  Surigao City 
Jovie V. Bague  Apprentice Deck  31  Brgy. Masanag, Caluya, Antique 
Roland B. Rosalinda  Apprentice Deck  22  Tagpako, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental 
Junarie D. Ermeje  Apprentice Engine  24  Brgy. Tordesillas, Sibalom, Antique 
Jaime S. Eliazo Jr.  Apprentice Engine  39  Cantilan,Surigao Del Sur 
Joneth S. Ragosta  Cook  46  Bulacao, Pardo Cebu City