Search on for 2 missing passengers of Lake Cruiser in Agusan del Norte Lake

April 6, 2012 9:10 pm 

SANTIAGO, Agusan del Norte, April 5 — Search, rescue and retrieval operations by Philippine National Police, Coast Guard frogmen, Jabonga LGU Search and Rescue operations and the Philippine Army’s 7th Special Forces are now on-going for the two still missing passengers of motor vessel “Lake Cruiser” that capsized off Sitio Sinaynganan, Barangay Bunga, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte late afternoon Tuesday.

SPO1 Roselito Caguco, administrative officer of the Jabonga, Agusan del Norte Municipal Police Office told the PNA in a mobile phone interview this morning that joint search, rescue and retrieval operations are still on-going as of press time.

Caguco said that at about 4:30 p.m. April 3, Holy Tuesday, motor vessel “Lake Cruiser” registered and owned by the local government unit of Jabonga with 28 passengers mostly vacationers capsized near the vicinity of Sitio Sinaynganan, Barangay Bunga, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte while cruising Lake Mainit, the country’s second largest lake.

Barangay Bunga, a lakeside village is 16 kilometers southwest from Poblacion Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, 65 kilometers away from Butuan City, Caraga Region’s capital.

Jabonga Police initial official police report said “Lake Cruiser” was from Casili Beach Resort, a popular lakeside vacation resort hotel, in Mainit town in Surigao del Norte province carrying 28 local vacationers/tourists from cities of Cebu, Mandaue and local folks from Mainit and Jabonga towns

Majority of the passengers of the capsized vessel actually were relatives belonging to Cebrian clan who gathered together for unplanned sort of family reunion taking advantage of a long Lenten vacation. They rented the LGU owned “Lake Cruise” for a lake cruise that ill-fated day of April 3, Holy Tuesday.

Report claimed that “Lake Cruiser” capsized when hit by huge lake water waves and strong current then sank.

One of the passengers was identified as Melucina Limutin Mahilom, 63, married and a resident of Poblacion, Liloan, Cebu City.

Missing passengers/vacationers were identified as Antonette Alimpoos Cebrian, 36, married and Chris Anthony Alimpoos, 1O. Both are residents of Barangay Pacnaan, Mandaue City. (PNA) DCT/BS/mec

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