Eight Dead, 64 Missing in Ferry Sinking
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A ferry boat carrying 150 people capsized and sank in rough seas in the central Philippines, leaving eight people known dead and 64 missing, a coast guard spokesman said Sunday.
Cmdr. Rene Luspo said the 27-ton M.V. Christopher sank Saturday while bound from Dumaguete, on Negros Island, to Larena, about 20 miles away on Siquijor Island.
Luspo said eight bodies were recovered and 78 people were known to have survived, leaving 64 people listed as missing. Ferry owner Cesaria Agan was identified among the dead.
Coast guard and private boats, navy frogmen and a helicopter were searching for survivors in an area about five miles off Larena, Luspo said.
″The cause of the incident is allegedly due to rough seas and strong winds,″ he said.
Luspo said the Christopher’s home port was Dumaguete, about 400 miles southeast of Manila. No further details were available, he said.