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Sulpiico Lines, Manila to Cebu route.


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Home > Nation > Top Stories Rescuers reach stricken ferry; typhoon death toll hits 229
06/22/2008 | 06:19 PM

Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us MANILA, Philippines - Two men who struggled to shore after a passenger ferry capsized in the Philippines during typhoon "Frank" (Fengshen) said Sunday hundreds of people may have died when they were trapped inside.

The storm left at least 229 dead, the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) said.

"Frank" submerged entire communities and set off landslides, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said, but there were concerns the death toll would jump dramatically.

The 72 people listed as missing did not include the more than 800 passengers and crew aboard the "MV Princess of Stars," and worried relatives wept as they waited for news.

A rescue ship battling huge waves and strong winds reached the ferry Sunday, one end jutting out of the water upside-down, more than 24 hours after it lost radio contact. There was no sign of survivors, and only four people who were on board were known to have reached shore alive.

"They haven't seen anyone. They're scouring the area. They're studying the direction of the waves to determine where survivors may have drifted," coast guard spokesman Lt. Senior Grade Arman Balilo said.

Villagers found six bodies — including a man and a woman who bound themselves together — along with children's slippers and life jackets that washed ashore nearby.

Officials were checking reports that a large number of survivors might have reached one nearby island and that a lift raft was spotted off another, coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Antonio Cuasito said.

"We can only pray that there are many survivors so we can reduce the number of casualties," he said.

Reynato Lanoria, a janitor on the ship, estimated about 100 people could have survived, "but the others were trapped inside."

"I think they are all dead by now," he told a radio station after jumping in the water and reaching a life raft.

Lanoria said he was on the top deck when a crew member ordered people to put on life vests around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. About 30 minutes later, the ship tilted as elderly people and children fell on the rain-slick deck.

Passenger Jesus Gica also worried that many people were trapped below when the ship listed.

"There were many of us who jumped overboard, but we were separated because of the big waves," he said. "The others were also able to board the life rafts, but it was useless because the strong winds flipped them over."

The national death toll included 59 people who drowned in the central province of Iloilo, with another 40 missing, Gov. Neil Tupaz said.

"Almost all the towns are covered by water. It's like an ocean," Tupaz said, adding thousands have been displaced in the province that is home to 1.7 million people.

The ferry initially ran aground a few miles (kilometers) off central Sibuyan island Saturday, then capsized, said Mayor Nanette Tansingco of Sibuyan's San Fernando.

With the upturned ferry visible from her town, she appealed for food, medicine and formalin to embalm bodies.

The typhoon lashed the central Philippines for about four hours Saturday, setting off landslides and floods, knocking out power and blowing off roofs.

Packing sustained winds of 74 miles (120 kilometers) per hour and gusts of up to 93 mph (150 kph), the typhoon shifted course Sunday to the northwest and battered Manila at dawn, dumping heavy rain on the capital. Major streets were flooded, and numerous traffic lights were out.

Rescue vessels aborted an initial attempt Saturday to get to the 23,824-ton ferry. Efforts resumed in stormy weather Sunday, coast guard chief Vice Adm. Wilfredo Tamayo said, although the churning sea kept smaller vessels away. Four coast guard ships and three from the navy were deployed, and the air force was asked to send aircraft as soon as the weather clears.

The ferry was "dead in the water" after its engine failed around noon Saturday, Tamayo said.

About two dozen relatives trooped to the Manila office of Sulpicio Lines, some quietly weeping as they waited for news about their loved ones.

"I'm very worried. I need to know what happened to my family," said Felino Farionin, his voice cracking. His wife, son and four in-laws were on the ferry.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who left for the United States late Saturday, talked to officials in a teleconference aired live on nationwide radio Sunday, scolding coast guard officials for allowing the ferry to leave Manila late Friday despite the bad weather.

Ferries are the main form of inter-island transportation in the sprawling Philippine archipelago, site of the world's worst peacetime maritime disaster when the ferry MV Dona Paz sank in 1987, killing more than 4,341 people. - AP
 

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Lesson here: Don't get on Ferries during Typhoons.
 

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How tragic...:crying:

The berth of this ship was very near SM City Cebu, I always see its bow and bridge when approaching SM from the west.

At least two ships I rode on have already sank, the MV Cebu City, and the Princess of the Orient (the best accommodations ever).
 

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I still prefer ships over airplanes
 

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I still prefer ships over airplanes
I prefer planes over ships- especially when going inter-island in this lovely country of ours. At least isang oras ko lang isusugal buhay ko. If I take the first flight out, aabot pa ako sa breakfast sa pupuntahan ko.

After a ferry boat trip to Sibuyan (from Lucena) in 1991, I swore from thereon that I will never go by boat/ship kung meron din lang flight sa pupuntahan ko. Ang lalaki ng alon! There was nothing to see outside but walls of water that were so high you coudn't see the horizon. And chow chow is right- ang lalim ng tubig dun!
 

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Half siokoy ako :)
Yun ayoko sa erplane
Marunong ako lumangoy , kaso di ako marunong lumipad hehe
 

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tragic, especially if you consider that this was not a "no time" abandon ship situation.
 

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This ship is huge. It appears to take a hard beating from huge waves but we really dont know what happen. Our prayers to those who perish, mga kababayan.
 

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That is really close to shore.
Yup, so close. You would think that a whole lot more could have made it to safety. My condolences go to the grieving families.

I guess the search for bodies inside the hull would be easier because the water is not as deep. It would also make cutting up the ship easier later on because it cannot be left there to rust away and pose a hazard to other vessels. Both tasks will be very exhausting and expensive.

I wish the Coast Guard can release pictures of the alleged hole in the hull. I wonder what caused it. Acording to the news, the ship had just recently passed a drydock inspection. Could they have missed a weak spot in the hull plates?
 

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The visible hole in the bow is where the bow thruster is. Used in docking and undocking maneuvers to move the bow sideways. I think the hole ripped in the hull when the ship ran aground is under water.

Also, the news said something about engine trouble which led to the ship running aground. Hard to believe since ships of this type usually have twin engines, and for both to be knocked out at the same time?:upeyes:
 

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whats taking to long for the rescue tteam to look into survivors in the ship, im just curious coz weve seen some actions na before where they tried to rescue people even during the storm....

o baka naman merun na rescue efforts di lang namemedia
 

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Also, the news said something about engine trouble which led to the ship running aground. Hard to believe since ships of this type usually have twin engines, and for both to be knocked out at the same time?:upeyes:[/QUOTE]

sir CM according to one crew who survived and was intervied last sunday at around 4pm, janitor ata. wala daw engine failure or problem the reason why the ship go slow is because of heavy winds and rains that force the ship to travel so slow.. and when the storm hit them the captain is forced to drive the ship near the beach but unfortunately it hit a reef that causes the ship to go out of balance..

and to think na napaka lapit na sa shore, nakakahinayang na kokonti lang ang survivors, i pitty those victims and praying for them.

god bless the victims.
 

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That is really close to shore.
Having seen an oil rig blown ashore due to Hurricane Ivan, it leaves an odd feeling to be so close.



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