The sinking of MV Our Lady of Mount Carmel off Masbate seas on Friday resulted to 2 dead. 54 survivors rescued with missing persons. Teams to help in search and rescue operations have been deployed.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reports of a vessel carrying at least 57 people which sank off Masbate province Friday morning. Two were confirmed dead, one was known as 59-year-old Perlita Seña while the other one is still unidentified. At least 54 people have been rescued so far, including the captain identified as Mateo Gregorio.
PCG spokesman Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel said that M/V Lady of Mount Carmel carried 35 passengers, 22 crew members, 2 buses and a 6-wheeler truck. The vessel left Pio Duran Port in Albay at around 2 a.m. heading for Aroroy, Masbate.
The cause of the sinking had not been determined, however, the ship’s captain reported the vessel may have been unbalanced by two passenger buses and a large truck it was carrying. Overloading was not cited as reason as it made the journey of about four hours between the two major provinces of Albay and Masbate, more than 300 kilometers southeast of Manila.
Rescue teams have been deployed, as well as divers to help in searching for the missing people. The PCG’s BRP Pampanga also cancelled its trip to day to Indonesia to help in the search and rescue operations. An islander plane and a PCG chopper were deployed to survey the waters of Masbate for possible survivors.
Some of the rescued passengers, meanwhile, were brought to Aroroy Heart Center for treatment.