By: LIEUTENANT COLONEL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)
Director, Naval Public Affairs Office
Sunday, 06 September 2009
As of 0830H, the vessel already capsized (bottom hull is sighted) at vicinity 5.2NM SW off Talulu Pt., Sibuco Bay, Zamboanga Del Norte or at Lat 07 Deg 29.5 mins N Long deg 57.3 min E. A total of 227 passengers (1 drowned) were rescued and transferred to MV Meriad. As of 0845H, following vessels have embarked passengers onboard: PG116 - 36; PG117 – 20; BA 483 – 17; and BA 482 – 71. Search and rescue operations still ongoing.