Sunday, June 22, 2008

Princess of the Stars Update: 10 Survived, 6 Dead, 800 Feared Dead

A passenger ship carrying at least 800 people capsized off the waters of Sibuyan Island, Romblon at the height of the onslaught of Typhoon Frank (international codename Fengshen), a local official confirmed Sunday.

"Pinaconfirm ko kasi may pumunta mga tao from that area, Sitio Kadipangahan, Barangay Taclobo… Sinabi ko sa kanila na ibaba nila ‘yong speedboat at puntahan nila para makita natin kung ‘yon talaga ay [MV] Princess of the Stars at ‘yon talaga," San Fernando Mayor Nanette Tansingco told dzMM's Special Coverage.

Tansingco said rescue team saw Sulpicio Lines’ MV Princess of the Stars upside down with a hole in the middle. The ship was found two to three kilometers from the shoreline.

The mayor confirmed that rescuers retrieved the bodies of four passengers and rescued three people. (More)

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