Aug 15, 2016

Floating Crane Spotted Drifting in Marikina River

Last August 13, 2016, around 2:30pm, a crane on a barge was dislodged from the Marikina River banks and floated along the Marikina River. A portion bumped into the pillars beneath the Marikina Bridge as it floated underneath the bridge.  On the floating device was 19 year old Romeo Laguna, who was able to jump away from the barge and was rescued by Marikina City personnel before the crane eventually sunk when it collided with the Marcos Bridge, Marcos Highway.

(amateur footage of barge with crane passing through Marikina Bridge dislodged by Marikina high water levels)
(barge with crane passing underneath Marcos Bridge flips and sinks)
According to Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro, the crane was situated by the side of Marikina River which was currently used for dredging and piledriving by the riverside for slope protection. Unfortunately, the water level rose at quick rate, unlocking the floating device and crane from its position.

Due to continuous rains brought by Habagat, the water level reached 18.6 meters around 6pm. Eight floodgates were opened to lower the water level. By 9:45pm, water level receded to 17.5 meters.

According to Panahon.tv, as of August 15, 9:00am, water level has receded to 14.8 meters and all flood alerts have been lifted. However, classes in all levels have been suspended for Marikina.

 Here are some news report situationer updates on Marikina River and the weather.
Addendum: This is the not the first time large man-made objects floated and crashed into the bridges in Marikina. In 2012, a floating stage also crashed into the bridge causing it to be schredded into pieces.

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