Sunday, December 27, 2009

Baleno 9 sank near San Agapito Verde Island in Batangas Province


25 passengers were reported missing after Baleno 9, roll-on roll-off ferry, sank near San Agapito Verde Island in Batangas Province yesterday night.

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 3) A roll-on roll-off ferry with 88 passengers and crew sank off Batangas province shortly before midnight Saturday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo, Coast Guard spokesman, told radio station dzMM in an interview that the vessel, Baleno 9, sank near San Agapito Verde Island
around 11:30 p.m.

So far, 63 passengers and crew have been rescued by passing ships, another Coast Guard official told radio station dzMM. The remaining 25 passengers remain missing.

Read full story: Another ferry sinks off Batangas, 25 missing

Few months ago, a motor ferry also sank off Verde Island, where 12 passengers were killed.

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