Hundreds stranded in Cebu ports as PCG tethers 16 vessels for gale warning

CEBU CITY-- Hundreds of passengers were stranded in Cebu ports on Tuesday as the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Cebu Station barred 16 vessels from sailing after state weather forecasters issued a gale warning for Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical services Administration (Pagasa) in Mactan issued the gale warning and light to moderate rains due to the tail-end of the cold front.

The cold front is caused by the overlapping of warm and cold winds in the upper latitude.

Commander Dionlett Ampil of the PCG Cebu Station said the vessels which were not allowed to sail were bound for Bantayan Island off northern Cebu, San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, Tubigon in Bohol, Camotes Island off northern Cebu and Ormoc in Leyte.

Ampil said vessels which are 250 gross tons and below are not allowed to sail.

He said vessels which are 250 gross tons and above can also cancel their trips if the waves are really rough.

He added more than 500 passengers were stranded at the ports of Hagnaya in San Remigio town in northern Cebu, Toledo City in western Cebu, Tinago and Danao City. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency