Ferry sinks in northern Philippines, 28 dead
Monday, December 15, 2008
At least 28 people drowned and were confirmed dead, 46 were rescued, while 34 others remain missing on Sunday, after an overcrowded passengercapsized off waters in , a town of 17,000 people, the police reported.
'M/B Mae Jan', a wooden-hulled, was carrying 102 passengers, after an eight-hour voyage from in the for when it capsized less than 300 meters (984 feet) from its destination, at 8:30 p.m. Its broke due to strong waves, as it reached the mouth of the ('Bannag' Rio Grande de Cagayan, 'Ilog ng Kagayan'), along Linao, about 50 meters from the shoreline of Pallog village.
Divers from the combined teams of theand helped in the rescue operations. 11 of the fatalities, including the vessel owner, Arellano, and her daughter were identified. The police said "there was a possibility that the boat was overloaded," saying that "there was also livestock on board." Due to "trauma," the ferry's captain refused to talk to police.
Meanwhile, the(PCG) formed a Special Board of Marine Inquiry (SBMI) to investigate the sea tragedy. It ordered the "immediate dispatch of SAR-003 and MCS-3005 vessels and the PCG Islander for aerial surveillance." PCG noted the possible overloading of the vessel since the boat's franchise authorized it to carry only 40 passengers and 10 crew members.
In November, a central Philippines, drowning more than 50 people.sank in rough seas north of Cagayan, and passing vessels rescued 16 of 20 passengers. Weeks earlier, separate storms sank two passenger vessels in the
Prior to the ferry sinking, the tropical storm "Ulysses" (international codename: Dolphin) from the Pacific with winds of up to 60 miles (95 kilometers) per hour, centered off southeastern , eastern Philippines.had issued to , of approaching
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