Ferry capsizes off Cebu, dozens of passengers rescued

Ryan Macasero
Ferry capsizes off Cebu, dozens of passengers rescued
(UPDATED) At least 63 ferry passengers and crew members are rescued off the coast of Cebu on Thursday, November 7

CEBU CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel rescued dozens of passengers and crew members off the coast of Sibonga, Cebu, after a ferry capsized on Thursday, November 7.

The PCG received a distress call from fastcraft passenger vessel M/V Siargao Princess on Thursday morning.

All 53 passengers and 10 crew members were accounted for and rescued, Coast Guard spokesperson Captain Armand Balilo said during a press conference.

“All accounted now. 63 survivors out of 53 [passengers] and 10 crew onboard for total of 63. [Fifty-nine] of them are now onboard MRRV 4406 enroute to Cebu Port, while 4 are already at the shoreline of Carcar safely. [There are] no deaths and no [persons are] missing,” Commodore Ronie Gavan, commander of Coast Guard Central Visayas, told reporters after the search and rescue mission.

The PCG corrected an earlier figure stating that there were only 7 crew members onboard.

The PCG said the ferry departed at around 9:30 am from Loon, Bohol, and sent the distress call at around 11:30 am when it was 3 to 4 nautical miles off the coast of Cebu.


According to the PCG, big waves hit the ferry, causing water to enter its deck.

“The boat has sunk. We haven’t been able to find it,” PCG spokesman Lieutenant Michael Encina told Agence France-Presse.

Medical personnel were waiting for the rescued passengers at the Argao Port. No injuries have been reported, so far. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at ryan.macasero@rappler.com