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Debris from sunken barge found

November 23, 2006

Inquirer, Nov. 23, 2006

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Three plastic bags containing oil-absorbent booms were found in Oroquieta City, some 30 kilometers from Plaridel, Misamis Occidental where a barge carrying debris from the Guimaras oil spill sank on Monday evening, officials said.

The booms, measuring three meters long and six inches wide, were made up of materials similar to baby diapers.

Authorities on Thursday said the discovery of the floating booms could indicate that the ropes used in tying the plastic bags have come loose causing them to drift to the surface.

The barge, Ras, was being towed to the Holcim cement plant in Lugait, Misamis Oriental to deliver 56,649 sacks of sludge and debris when it sank off Polo Point in Plaridel town. The two sailors manning the barge were safely rescued by their companions, who were manning the tugboat towing it.

The tugboat’s captain had told authorities that huge waves breached the barge’s hatches, causing it to sink.

(Click Debris found for the full story.)

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