17 dead as passenger ship sinks off Cebu


August 16, 2013
MANILA (4th UPDATE) – At least 17 people were killed after a passenger ship sank Friday night following a collision with a cargo vessel off the coast of Talisay City, Cebu, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

Authorities said the collision between 2GO passenger vessel MV St. Thomas Aquinas and Sulpicio Express 7 occurred at Lawis Ledge at around 8:45 p.m.

Hundreds of passengers of the 2GO passenger vessel MV St. Thomas Aquinas had to jump into the water as the ship began to sink.

A total of 692 passengers and crew members were reportedly on board the vessel.

PCG Vice-Commandant for Operations Rear Admiral Luis Tuason Jr. said search and rescue operations are being conducted by the PCG and Philippine Navy. Several fishing vessels are also helping in the rescue.

Authorities said 575 passengers have been rescued, as of 12:35 a.m.

Most of the survivors were brought to the Talisay District Hospital.

The MV St. Thomas Aquinas came from Agusan del Norte and was headed for Manila via Cebu.

One of the passengers, Mantilla Domingo, said the ship was scheduled to arrive in Cebu at around 10 p.m.

“Something caught up with the vessel and then I just saw that it was already slowly sinking. The passengers then started jumping out of the vessel,” said Domingo.

Another passenger who was rescued, Glenda Sabadilla, said most of the passengers were already sleeping when the incident happened.

“Then there was a commotion and everyone was already searching for their life vests, and then we all started jumping out of the sinking vessel,” she said.

Rachel Capuno, a security officer of the ferry’s owners, told a Cebu radio station that the ship was sailing into port when it collided head-on with the cargo ship.

“The impact was very strong,” she said, adding the ferry sank within 30 minutes of the collision.

PCG spokesman Commander Armando Balilo said there was no immediate information on how many crew members were aboard the cargo ship.

The cause of the collision was not immediately known. — Reports from Zandro Ochona and June Perez, dzMM; Edgar Escalante and Carine Asutilla, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas; Agence France-Presse

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  • kikayPang0
    16 August 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Rule # 1 Always believe to your Captain’s abilty .
    Rule # 2 If the Captain is wrong , refer to Rule # 1.

  • Delia
    19 August 2013 at 6:55 am - Reply

    How can 2 ships collide on each other when the ocean is far too big and far too wide. Fact of the matter is , theres no other ships nearby or around them. I have a feeling that this is no accident.

    • what???
      19 August 2013 at 12:01 pm - Reply

      @Delia – how in the world you can conclude that these two ships did not accidentally collided with one another?? Do you think that they actually bumped each other like bump cars and disregarded the lives of their passengers??? So stupid ka talaga tsaka ang hilig mong pangunahan ang mga yan.. ano ka imbestigador o eksperto sa mga barko??? Baka gusto mo sisihin si Obama sa issue na yan???

  • what???
    19 August 2013 at 7:51 am - Reply

    @Delia – what do you think? Sabotage??? Nahhh, it’s an accident and failure of navigating the waters by the captains of both ships…

    • Delia
      19 August 2013 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Ummm OK , your intitle to your opinion .

      • what???
        19 August 2013 at 11:58 am - Reply

        Anong intitle?