Passenger boat carrying 60 passengers sinks off Cebu

A passenger boat carrying at least 60 passengers sunk this morning off the coast of Sibonga town, in Cebu province.

The Coast Guard Station in Southern Cebu received a call for help at about 11:15am from the M/V Siargao Princess, which encountered large waves after it departed from Loon town in Bohol, SunStar Cebu reports. Coast Guard spokesman Michael John Encina told CNN Philippines that the “big waves caused the ship to take in water.”

Encina told AFP in a separate interview that they have yet to come up with a final tally of those rescued, but said all of the people recovered so far were alive. He also said that they couldn’t find the wreckage of the Siargao Princess.

Those who were rescued have been brought to the Carcar City District Hospital. As of 2pm, search and rescue operations were still ongoing, according to Cebu Daily News.

Maritime accidents are common in the Philippines, where people frequently travel from one island in the archipelago to another via old motorboats that are routinely overloaded. Such accidents typically occur during the typhoon season in the middle of the year.

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