Passenger vessel caught fire off coast of Cebu Province

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Photo courtesy: Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas

Cebu (CNN Philippines, July 23) - Passenger vessel MV Filipinas-Dinagat caught fire off the coast of Catmon town in Cebu Province, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) confirmed.

The PCG reported that all 45 crew, including the ship captain, were successfully rescued after the vessel caught fire four hours after it left Pier 1 in Cebu City.

According to the PCG Region 7 report, the crew and its skipper Joel Villanueva were brought to Danao City port some 34 kilometers north of Cebu City after they were rescued off the coast of Catmon town in Cebu Province.

The ship, which was "95 percent burned," left Cebu City around 7 p.m. bound for Palompon in Leyte Province when the blaze happened at around 10 p.m.

The ship was not carrying passengers nor rolling cargoes. It was only loaded with assorted goods to be brought to Palompon.

PCG-7 Commander RADM Jose William Isaga ordered the PCG Maritime Safety Services Unit 7 to conduct an investigation in determining the cause of the fire.

Some of the crew members of the Cokaliong Shipping Lines vessel sustained some injuries and were given medical attention by the responding PCG personnel. Ambulances were also sent to the port.

The distress call was received around 11 p.m. prompting the deployment of PCG vessel BRP Suluan, which also helped in putting out the flames.

Before the BRP Suluan arrived, nearby vessels like LCT JSC 1, LCT Melrevic 1, and LCT Manoling were able to help the distressed vessel.

The MV Filipinas Dinagat is still afloat as of this time and is being towed to the port.

CNN Philippines' Dale Israel contributed to this report.