Ship sinks off Iloilo in C Philippines, all survived

13:14, July 31, 2011      

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passenger ship from Cebu city bound for Iloilo city sank off the coast of Iloilo Sunday morning, local media reported.

All 107 passengers and 35 crew members of the MV Asia Malaysia ship were safe and transferred to other ships and boats after the ship captain issued an abandon-ship order before the vessel sank, Inquirer quoted Commodore Athelo Ybanez, Western Visayas Coast Guard commander, as saying.

The passengers and crew members were transferred to ships and boats in the vicinity of the vessel which responded to the distress call. These include the MV Filipinas Cebu and MT Fil Visayas.

The ship captain told Coast Guard officials that it listed after being hit by strong and big waves and took in water.

The ship, which was operated by Trans-Asia Shipping Lines Inc., left Cebu around 6 p.m. Saturday and was expected to arrive in Iloilo at 8 a.m. Sunday.

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