MANILA, 17June2013 (PNA) – The Philippine Navy (PN) on Sunday announced that it is still to find signs of the seven missing persons in Friday’s sinking of the M/V Mt. Carmel, off Burias Island, Masbate, even as it stressed that search-and-rescue operations for the victims are still ongoing.
“The naval vessels are still there scouring the area and nearby coastal areas for the possible drifting of the missing passengers. As of today (Sunday) they haven’t seen new survivors,” Navy spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic stated.
He added that divers looking for the wreck of the ill-fated ship are still to spot the hulk of the ill-fated M/V Mt. Carmel due to the extreme deep of the seabed.
The waters off Burias Island, Masbate is estimated to be 1,000 feet deep.
“Navy vessels DF-321 and BRP Simeon Castro (PG-374) are still in the area to conduct search-and-rescue operations,” Fabic stated.
The M/V Mt. Carmel was sailing in a calm sea on Friday when it encountered troubled and sank.
Initial reports said the vessel had 57 people on board, including 35 passengers and 22 crew but it turned out there were at least seven people on board not included in the ship’s manifest.
M/V Mt. Carmel left the port of Pio Duran in Albay about 2 a.m. bound to Aroroy, Masbate.
As the vessel reached Burias Island around 5 a.m., the vessel took a sharp list and sank. (PNA)