(Update) Three persons confirmed dead in Cavite vessel collision

December 24, 2009 11:13 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 24 –The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Thursday that three persons were confirmed dead when a wooden hull motorized vessel, with 14 crewmembers and 59 passengers, sank off Limbones Island, Cavite on Thursday morning after colliding with a fishing vessel.

Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo, PCG spokesman, said PCG’s search and rescue teams recovered the bodies in the vicinity of the incident.

He identified one of the persons as Beverly Cabinillo, 24. The identities and gender of the two other victims are not yet available. “The information we got from our field said there are three bodies recovered and one of them belonged to Beverly Cabinillo,” he said.

Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant, said SAR operations continued for the remaining 24 victims of the MV Catalyan B, a wooden hull motorized vessel which sank at the vicinity some 2.8 nautical miles Northwest of Limbones Island, Cavite at 2:25 a.m. Thursday.

Coast Guard Command Action Center said the motorized vessel, owned and operated by San Nicolas Shipping Lines left pier 2 at North Harbor, Manila at around 9 p.m. Wednesday, bound for Tilik, Lubang Island, Mindoro. It collided with a fishing vessel FV Nathalia at the vicinity of Limbones Island.

A total of 46 persons have been rescued. SAR operations continued to locate for the remaining missing passengers.

BRP Pampanga (SSARV 003), MT Tug Habagat (TB-271) and BRP Nueva Vizcaya (SARV 3502), with rescue personnel and medical teams were immediately sent to the area for the conduct seach aand rescue operations.

Notice to Mariners was also issued for all vessels in the vicinity of the incident to help in the operations and to be on the look out for the passengers and crew of the ill-fated vessel.

Coast Guard Air Group has also directed to conduct surveillance operations upon sunrise.

The vessels, per Master’s Oath of Safe Departure signed by its skipper Tony Faminia, has an authorized carrying capacity of 126 passengers.

PCG has directed M/T Anthakia, APL Jeddah (foreign vessel), Sulcon XI , MT Sangas, MV Andrea Luis, MMM Ahston, MV Sunrise Acacia, MV Catalyn-C; all enroute to vicinity Limbones Island, to conduct SAR.(PNA) /JES

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