CEBU CITY — Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the Cebu port Wednesday after the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Cebu Station barred small vessels from sailing to their destinations in the Visayas due to a gale warning issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA).
PCG Cebu Station Commander Agapito Bibat said among those barred from sailing from the Cebu Pier 1 were Mv Ocean Jet 11, Mv Weesam Express 7, Mv Judiel and Mv J&N Ferry.
Smaller vessels and motor bancas in the ports of Bantayan Island, Santander, Liloan, Samboan, Hagnaya, Naga and Tangil, among other ports in Cebu, were also prevented from sailing.
Bibat said the stranded passengers were advised to return to their homes until the vessels are allowed to sail again.
But some passengers opted to stay at the new and modern terminal at Cebu Pier 1 until the vessels are cleared to sail.
Pagasa Mactan Chief Al Quiblat said they issued the gale warning as winds in the ocean reached up to 35 kilometers per hour.
Quiblat said these winds can cause big waves which are considered dangerous for smaller vessels.
Weather forecasters said Cebu has experienced rains since Monday and it will continue until Thursday, reducing temperature to 23-30 degrees Celsius. PNA/northboundasia.com