63 rescued after boat capsizes in waters off Cebu – PCG

Robie de Guzman

CEBU – The Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas (PCG-7) rescued more than 60 passengers and crew of a ferry boat that capsized off the coast of Sibonga, Cebu on Thursday.

The PCG said MV Siargao Princess was plying a route five miles south of Sibonga when it radioed for help around 11 a.m.

The agency said it immediately sent BRP Suluan to conduct a search and rescue operations in the area and found groups of people floating with life jackets at 1.6 nautical miles of Carcar point, Cebu.

The PCG said a total of 59 people were plucked from the water, while three crew members and one passenger swam to the shore after the boat encountered big waves that allegedly caused the ship “to dip to the front and eventually capsize.”

Initial investigation conducted on the vessel’s master, Captain Antonio Conag, revealed that the boat’s front hatch cover got detached when it was buffeted by fierce winds and sea swells.

Conag said big waves caused the vessel to pitch and take in water until it sunk.

The PCG said rescued passengers were brought to the Cebu port.

No fatalities have been reported in the incident.

Investigation on the sea mishap is underway.

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