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Black substance in Carles waters creates panic

June 26, 2008

By Ruby P. Silubrico
Sun Star Iloilo
June 25, 2008

PANIC struck some locals of Carles, Iloilo after they saw a black substance scattered in the shores of their municipality.

They believed the said substance might be oil spill from a coal-carrying ship that capsized Saturday last week as Typhoon Frank hit the province of Iloilo.

The local government unit of Carles and the Bantay Dagat personnel immediately went to the area to verify the information. It was proven that the said substance was oil from the ship identified as M/V Lake Paoay from Semirara Island.

The ship capsized about 4 a.m. Saturday.

Presidential Assistant for Western Visayas Raul Banias Monday confirmed the ship spilled about 50,000 liters of oil when it capsized Saturday. He added that it could not damage the waters of Carles and it’s far from the Guimaras oil spill case.

Banias said the Semirara Mining Corp. chartered the M/V Lake Paoay. It was bound for Toledo, Cebu but upon arriving at the seawaters of Carles, strong winds and heavy waves hit the ship until it capsized.

“The oil in the water could not damage the seashore and there is no need to panic,” Banias said over a radio interview.

Banias said the vessel had 24 crews and other persons who also boarded the ship.

According to reports, seven of those in the ship were confirmed dead, while only 4 survived and 26 are still missing.

Banias said they now are monitoring the waters of Carles and will conduct a clearing operation.

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