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A rescue mission is under way after a ferry carrying some 700 people collided with a cargo vessel in the central Philippines.


The ferry, MV Thomas Aquinas, began listing after hitting the
cargo vessel on Friday evening near the central city of Cebu,
coastguard officers said.


The captain ordered the ship to be abandoned, the AP news agency reports.


Coastguard vessels have been dispatched and other nearby vessels are reportedly helping to rescue passengers.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23729996

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a short description about the port of Cebu from     LLOYD'S LIST PORTS OF THE WORLD     CEBU   Lat 10° 18' N; Long 123° 54' E.   International Ship and Ports Security Compliant       Ap

Took these photos from SRP road  half way to Talisay about cargo vessel  involved, must be the ship, looking at the bow damage.  Several smaller boats and a helicopter seemingly searching around.  Pas

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Ferry sinks after collision in Philippine port

 

 

MANILA,
Philippines (AP) -- A ferry with nearly 700 people aboard sank near
the central Philippine port of Cebu on Friday night after colliding with
a cargo vessel, and a survivor said he saw bodies in the sea.

The
captain of the ferry MV Thomas Aquinas ordered the ship abandoned after
it began listing and then sank after hitting the cargo vessel, coast
guard officer Joy Villegas said.

He said two coast guard vessels and other nearby ships were involved in the rescue operation not far from the port of Cebu.

There
was no immediate word on casualties, but passenger Jerwin Agudong told
radio station DZBB that some people were trapped and he saw bodies in
the water.

"It seems some were not able to get out. I pity the children. We saw dead bodies on the side, and some being rescued," he said.

He
said the ferry was entering the pier when the cargo vessel, which was
on the way out, suddenly collided with the ship. He said he and other
passengers jumped in front of the cargo vessel.

"One of the persons who jumped with us hit his head on metal. He is shaking and he is bloodied," Agudong said.

He said the crew of the ferry distributed life jackets while the ship was slowly sinking.

He said the ferry came from Nasipit in Agusan del Sur province in the southern Philippines on a daylong journey.

 

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PHILIPPINES_FERRY_COLLISION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-08-16-11-36-54

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CEBU CITY (4th Update) -- A passenger vessel sank off Talisay
City, Cebu after a collision with a cargo vessel, the Philippine Coast
Guard (PCG) reported.


Coast Guard station commander Weniel Azcuna said they received the
distress call around 9 p.m. Friday, adding that rescue operation is
ongoing.


He said the vessels involved are M/V Saint Thomas of Aquinas of 2Go
Travel bound for Cebu from Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, and M/V Sulpicio
Express 7, which is bound for Davao.


The PCG cannot yet give the exact number of passengers onboard the
vessels, but radio reports said M/V Saint Thomas of Aquinas has more or
less 280 passengers.


Some survivors are already in Talisay City. Some of them said they
were given life jackets and tugboats were inflated but it was too dark
at sea.


One of the survivors said some children and elders might still be trapped inside the passenger vessel.


Azcuna said the PCG dispatched a rescue team to the area. He said the
Philippine Navy also sent its personnel, while some commercial vessels
are helping in the ongoing rescue operation

 

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2013/08/16/passenger-cargo-vessels-collide-cebu-298256

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Alan S

I have read so many cases where they dont know how many people are on a ferry, and each time they promise (threaten) to tighten the rules so that the numbers are accurate.

But nothing seems to happen.

 

I do hope  that the death toll isnt too high in this accident. (I realise that "one" is too high for that persons relatives, but you know what I mean).

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Google an image of M/V Saint Thomas of Aquinas and its one of the bigger and nicer ferries they have here.  Not one you would expect to sink.  Sulpicio (the cargo ship) was banned from carrying passengers after they sailed into a typhoon in 2009 but they still seem to be sinking ferries.  I wonder if this fiasco will see them shut down for good.

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What is this, about one serious boat accident per year, now?



Google an image of M/V Saint Thomas of Aquinas and its one of the bigger and nicer ferries they have here.  Not one you would expect to sink.  Sulpicio (the cargo ship) was banned from carrying passengers after they sailed into a typhoon in 2009 but they still seem to be sinking ferries.  I wonder if this fiasco will see them shut down for good.

 

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Knowdafish

What is this, about one serious boat accident per year, now?

 

 

At least. They are making Cebu Pacific look good too. 

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Sulpicio used to be our local carrier. Many a happy night chugging along chugging red horse! But there were a few boats dead in the water, engine compartments flooded and the ones that sunk. The Arroyo government stopped them. The local agent told me it was politically motivated and that they would resume when the government changed. Perhaps under a new name. But we dont know who hit who yet...Just info folks.

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wow--what a tragedy--but at least they were close to port so that saved some lives

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smokey

wasnt there a ferry thread a while ago on how safe the travel is over airplanes 

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USMC-Retired

The reason they do not know numbers is simple. When I Boarded the ship my two children were not ticketed as they are undet 2. They are hand written at the port of exit. Also they must compare all the tickets sold to the tickets taken at the port of exit. None of this is computerized so they must first get all these tickets from the port (s) of departure. Then do a compare. There is no internet database or computer database. All stoneage....

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May the poor souls Rest in Peace.  Entering and leaving port are probably the most hazardous parts of any voyage and the Phllippines is not alone in its tragedies. Free Enterprise 2 leaving Zeebrugge is one that springs to mind. In an ideal world a pilot would take the ship out to deep waters and bring one in, but thats an expense many ship owners will not bear.

 

A lot of the ports in the Philippines do not have  any port control. That is a central operations center that directs ships like an air traffic control. Many of the captains have to take it upon them selves to decide who enters port or leaves port first.  

 

May the investigations following this tragedy bring about some positive changes like working navigational beacons and port radio stations.  Also i thank the Lord for the Lifeboat Service in the UK which does the utmost service to seafarers in UK sea areas. I Wish they had a similiar service here and more lives would be saved.

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Here is what the SunStar news had to say...

 


Sunstar News


Friday, August 16, 2013


Passenger vessel collides with cargo ship, sinks

CEBU CITY (8th Update) -- A passenger vessel sank off Talisay City, Cebu after colliding with a cargo vessel Friday evening, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported.


At least 11 bodies were brought to the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in this city as of 1:20 a.m. Saturday.


Coast Guard station commander Weniel Azcuna said they received the distress call around 9 p.m. Friday, adding that rescue operation is ongoing.


He said the vessels involved are M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas of 2Go Travel bound for Cebu from Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, and M/V Sulpicio Express 7, which is bound for Davao.


Azcuna said the PCG dispatched a rescue team to the area. He said the Philippine Navy also sent its personnel, while some commercial vessels are helping in the ongoing rescue operation.


Waterfront Police Chief Inspector Wildemar Tiu said 644 adults, 24 minors, and 55 infants were onboard M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas, for a total of 723 passengers. The skipper of the ship was Captain Bermejo.


M/V Sulpicio Express Siete, on the other hand, had 36 crew, initial reports said.

As of this posting, some survivors are already in Talisay City, while others were brought to the Cebu City port area. Others were rushed to the Talisay City District Hospital and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

Some of them said they were given life jackets, and lifeboats were inflated but it was too dark at sea.


Adela Guevarra, one of the passengers, said she and her son, 4, were forced to jump to the sea as M/V St. Thomas Aquinas sank.


Another survivor said some children and elders might still be trapped inside the passenger vessel.


Mildred Lumapas, two months pregnant, said she heard a loud bang after the cargo ship collided with the 2Go Travel vessel.


She said it only took 10 minutes for the M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas to sink after the impact.


Lumapas was rescued by the fisherfolk of Kilawan, Tangke along nine other survivors, namely: Domingo Mantilla of Butuan; Janley Ellera of San Juan, Bayugan; Gemma Domino of Alipay, Hingoog City; Glenda Abanella of Quezon City; Florenda Maghuyop of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Rosanna Lamanilao of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Normeley Sombreo of Surigao, Agusan Del Norte; Gloria Cabudbod of Bato, Leyte; and a boy.


Lumapas said she already called her mother about what happened.


Other survivors said they were given life jackets, and tugboats were inflated but it was too dark at sea.


Adela Guevarra, one of the passengers, said she and her son, 4, were forced to jump to the sea as M/V St. Thomas Aquinas sank.


Another survivor said some children and elders might still be trapped inside the passenger vessel.


Perla Cabanes, captain of Barangay Tangke in Talisay City, said they immediately reached the shore in search for survivors after receiving reports of the collision.


A rescuer of the Basak Pardo Emergency Response team said Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama told them to bring the survivors to the City Hall.


More than 30 survivors were also housed in Sitio Salvador chapel.


The M/V Saint Thomas Aquinas is 138 meters long and 22 meters wide. It has a gross tonnage of 11,405 and with maximum recorded speed of 17.3 knots.


The M/V Sulpicio Express Siete, on the other hand, is a general cargo ship that was built in 1981. It is 146 meters long and 21 meters wide, with maximum recorded speed of 5.8 knots. (LRM/JAC/Sunnex)


 

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