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Chartered engine banca sinks; 50 rescued

FORTY-FIVE passengers and five crew members were rescued after a chartered motorbanca sank off the coast near Sta. Ana Pier.

The vessel, MBCA Sam Cristoffer, was on its way to Talicud, Samal Island for an Icelandic shopping tour early in the morning on May 19, when it began to sink.

On the basis of the Maritime Accident Report from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Davao Commander, Lieutenant George Maganto, the authorities received a report by motor banking operators at 7:55 that there was a sinking banca more or less 150 meters from Sta. Ana Pier in Davao City.

The staff of PCG-Davao together with the staff of the Special Operations Unit – Southeastern Mindanao (SOU-SEM) and PCG Anti-Terrorist Unit (CGATU) -SEM) proceeded immediately to where the banca was sinking and sending their inflatable boats to search and the rescue operation.

Respondents from Central 91

1, Regional Maritime Unit (RMU) 11, Davao City Task Force, Barangay 19 in Davao City, Barangay Lapu-Lapu in Davao City, MBCA Sea Explorer 3, MBCA Joperson 5 and MBCA Diving Officers also provided assistance during passenger search and rescue.

On the other hand, Southern Mindanao's medical team, along with an ambulance, the Davao fire-fighting rescue service (DFRS), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 11 has all been prepositioned at Sta. Ana Pier to help the victims.

Maganto said that all 45 passengers managed to be rescued and received first aid treatment, especially to a Jalyssa Reville who suffered from right shoulder pain and hyperventilation.

He added that at 8:45 I was the water lost to the beach.

Due to the initial investigation, MBCA Sam Christoffer was on his way to Coral Garden, Iceland City Garden of Samal for an Icelandic shopping tour when the event happened.

Maganto also said that based on the boat captain's accounts, while performing the operation, the propeller was entangled with the anchoring lines underwater which resulted in MBCA Sam Christoffer dropping.

The Coast Guard Davao along with the Maritime Industry Authority Marina) conducted further investigation and urged the boat captain to leave a marine protest.

Meanwhile, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Alexander Tagum said that when they received the report, they immediately sent their Mobile K30 to conduct an initial investigation.

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