Gale warn­ing halts trips for small ves­sels

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THE Gale warn­ing is­sued by Pa­gasa caused by Trop­i­cal Storm Fal­con has forced the Philip­pine Coast Guard (PCG) to can­cel sea trips yes­ter­day for small ves­sels.

Based on in­for­ma­tion re­leased by the Philip­pine At­mo­spheric Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (PA­GASA), the western and south­ern seaboards in­clud­ing the coasts of Western Visayas is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing wind force of up to 45 kilo­me­ters per hour (kph), with mon­soonal con­di­tions which could bring down vis­i­bil­ity.

Pa­gasa also noted in its gale warn­ing that the sea con­di­tions will be rough to very rough with wave heights up to 4.5 me­ters.

Pcg-ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal com­man­der, Lt. Se­nior Grade Rock­cliff Bul­ing, said ves­sels be­low the 250 gross ton­nage have been barred from leav­ing port with the ex­cep­tion of two ves­sels from ferry com­pa­nies Ocean­jet and Weesam Ex­press.

Roll-on/roll-off ves­sels, mean­while, are al­lowed to con­tinue with their nor­mal trips.

Bul­ing also said mo­tor­boat ser­vices be­tween the town of Pulu­pan­dan and Guimaras is­land were also in­cluded in the sus­pen­sion.

De­spite the can­cel­la­tions, the PCG com­man­der noted that there were no stranded pas­sen­gers in var­i­ous ports in the province./tde

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