7 die, 5 still missing as boat sinks off Bongao PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 September 2012 14:31

Seven people drowned while five others were still missing as of press time as passenger boat sank off Tampat Point, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi Wednesday morning.

Coast Guard Zamboanga Station Commander Eliezer Dalnay disclosed that the boat named “Siraina” owned by Munib Bakki, was carrying 27 passengers when it encountered big waves causing it to sink about two nautical miles from Tampat Point around 3:30 a.m.

Dalnay said the boat departed Sipangkot Island in Sibutu bound for Bongao without any proper clearance.

When the boat approached Tampat Point, big waves caused the boat to sink.

Bakki and four others managed to swim to the shorelines and reported the sea mishap to authorities.

Coast Guard and Philippine Navy personnel assisted by other government agencies conducted search and rescue operations that led to the rescue of 15 persons. They also retrieved the bodies of the seven passengers who drowned.

Dalnay identified the fatalities as Tita Uyo, 1, Ping Uyo, 4, Albuya Uyo, 40, Ridjiki Jam Basira, 54, and a certain Tutu, 4. The bodies of two women were still to be identified.

Rescued were Nurjija Isali, 17, Sharifa Barahim, 17, Dasri Badday, 17, Arnel Munib, 17, Alvin Munib, 20, Aldin Munib, 14, Julsani Julkipli, 15,  Dading Jani, 39, Munib Bakki (boat owner), Malin Adjung, 40, Mullan Imam Adjung, 60, Baby Baniza Adjung, 9, Rizal Adbulmanan, Benhar Abdulmanan, 2 and Ayob Abdulhadi, 35.  — Dan Toribio   Jr.