Boat cap­sizes off Que­zon; 1 dies, 36 res­cued

Manila Bulletin - - Luzon News - By DANNY J. ESTA­CIO and BETHEENA KAE UNITE

SAN AN­DRES, Que­zon — All but one of the 37 pas­sen­gers of a boat that cap­sized in choppy wa­ters off Dapa Is­land, this prov­ince yes­ter­day morn­ing were res­cued alive and taken safely to this town, po­lice said.

Cap­tain Ar­mand Balilo, Philip­pine Coast Guard (PCG) spokesman, said a child died in the sink­ing of mo­tor­banca “Princess Donna” at past 10 a.m. yes­ter­day.

“Around 10 in the morn­ing, Coast Guard re­ceived the SOS (dis­tress sig­nal). So mga ear­lier pa sig­uro nang­yari, mahina rin kasi sig­nal sa area (So, the in­ci­dent hap­pened ear­lier than 10 a.m. and sig­nal is weak on the area),” Balilo told The Manila Bul­letin.

Chief In­spec­tor Liza Capis­trano, Que­zon Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (PIO) pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, said it was two hours af­ter the boat cap­sized and sank that the San An­dres Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion (MPS) re­ceived the alert.

Capis­trano said there was no other in­for­ma­tion avail­able as of mid-af­ter­noon and that none of the pas­sen­gers or crew mem­bers of the boat were iden­ti­fied as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was still on­go­ing.

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