Tale of the Stranded Vessels
September 9, 2014
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Woke up to this view of aground boat and barge
On the first night, sleep wasn’t deep for I was still getting used to the thunderous sound of sea a few feet away from my hut in this habagat season. Then at dawn, I heard continuous engine sound but ignored it as I went back to sleep under the kulambo.
Blame it on the habagat
Around 6 AM, I finally stood up and saw two vessels that ran aground very near the beach. Apparently, due to rough sea they moved off course and the propeller got stuck. Luckily, not on the reef which is just few meters at the leftside when facing the sea.
Watching the stranded vessels
Some of the crew swam to the shore bringing with them empty five gallon containers to be refilled. Some of them went inside the Tambobo Bay via a small boat. This I’ve observed while lounging in hammock or while hanging out in the restaurant of the resort.
Sailors have to refill their drinking water
Shore leave not for recreation but to get provisions
I wonder where they got the small boat but some men from the aground vessel went in and the small boat navigated towards the Tambobo Bay on the right side of this peninsula
On the second night, I woke around 3 AM and saw the lighted boat swinging sideways due to big waves. I wonder if the men felt sick. By daylight, the vessel was now on the beach. The barge isn’t there anymore. Found out later during the hike to the next cove that the barge drifted towards it.
At last another boat came to free the vessel. The barge is nowhere to be seen at this side for it drifted to the next cove at the right overnight
There she is. The barge.
At last within the second day another boat came to rescue the vessel but took them more than 12 hours to tie and successfully tow her on the third day. Looks like a common occurrence for vessels to run aground in the country but those that made it to the news were mostly passenger vessels.
Towing on the third day and finally free