MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) shifted yesterday its operations from rescue to retrieval as hopes dimmed for the recovery of the seven missing passengers of the ferry M/V Lady of Mt. Carmel that sank off Burias Island in Masbate last Friday.
PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said that as of 11 a.m. yesterday, they had shifted to retrieval operations. It had been 72 hours since any survivor had been located.
Balilo said there were still seven persons missing, of whom only three were listed in the ship’s manifest: Abigail Barredo, Noan Manocan and Leticia Andaya.
Four are not in the manifest: Fe Rapsing, Jonas Comidor, Arianne Comidor and Jocelyn Danao.
LEGAZPI CITY – (UPDATED) Two people drowned and at least 12 others remained missing last night after a passenger ferry sank in calm seas off Burias Island early yesterday.
Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional director Raffy Alejandro said responding rescue workers and fishermen managed to initially pluck 55 people out of the water where the M/V Our Lady of Mt. Carmel sank off Barangay Peñafrancia in Burias.
The two fatalities were identified as Carlota Zena, 59, of Baleno town; and Erlinda Julbitado, 59, of Binangonan, Rizal.
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 4) - A roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) vessel carrying at least 62 people sank in waters off Burias Island in Masbate province early Friday. Two passengers have been confirmed dead.
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officials said that the ship M/V Lady of Mount Carmel left Pio Duran in Albay at 2 a.m. and was en route to Aroroy, Masbate when it sank at around 5:30 a.m.
The first fatality recovered by PCG personnel during search and rescue operations was identified as Perlita Senia, 50.
Bayani Benisario, PCG deputy commander, said that another passenger has been recovered dead. He added that a total of 34 people have also been rescued.