Rough sea conditions sink tourist banca off Mindoro, 10 rescued

August 7, 2009 10:19 am 

MANILA, Aug 7 — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration issued warning to the public against venturing out onto the sea due to high waves and rough sea condition brought by typhoon Kiko.

"Big waves and strong winds associated with enhanced southwest monsoon can be expected in southern Luzon and western Visayas so we urge the public to be very careful," Nathaniel Cruz, Pagasa deputy director said.

Six (6) Chinese nationals and four (4) crew onboard a capsized Motorbanca Renzo-1 were rescued Thursday afternoon off the waters of Matoco and Verde Island, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

The motor banca was contracted by Club Mabuhay Resort to ferry their guests from Small Lalaguna, Sabang, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro to Batangas. While underway, Mbca Renzo suddenly encountered big waves and strong winds causing it to capsize.

The Philippine Coast Guard said the rescued Chinese nationals all from Hongkong were identified as Mr. Ma Wai Kwan May, 39; Mr. Chung Kar Yang Frank, 47; Mr. Ip Chi Kong, 48; Ms. Lo Yin Ling, 40; Mr. Fung Chi Wai, 45; and Ms. Fan Man Wai, 32.

They were rescued by crew members of MB Fantasea, who happened to pass by the capsized boat, while on their way to Puerto Galera from Batangas port around 12:30 p.m.

The Chinese survivors were immediately brought to Club Mabuhay Resort at 2:40PM for medical check-up and were found to be in good physical condition.

The Pagasa meanwhile said that Typhoon Kiko has slightly weakened as it continues to move towards Taiwan.

Kiko was sighted 290 kilometers North of Basco, Batanes as of 4 pm.

Kiko packs maximum winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph and is heading West Northwest at 15 kph.

Signal number 1 is placed over Batanes, Northern Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos Norte.

Though moving out of the country, the typhoon will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon and bring occasional rains over the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas, Cruz said.

Residents in low lying areas and near mountain slopes are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against possible flashfloods and landslides, the Pagasa bulletin said. (PNA)/V3/MPC/

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