Saturday, September 5, 2009

2 dead, 2 hurt as Superferry with 959 lists off Zambo

Two people were confirmed dead as a “SuperFerry 9" vessel bound for Iloilo province listed off Zamboanga Peninsula before dawn Sunday.Coast Guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo cited sketchy reports reaching him that the two fatalities, who he said likely drowned, were not immediately identified.“Isang bata at isang matanda (The fatalities are a child and an elderly person)," he said in an interview on dzBB radio, but did not name them. He said the two were among those brought to the passenger ship “Ocean Integrity."Earlier, Coast Guard commandant Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo said at least two people were reported as injured.Coast Guard and Navy ships rushed to the Zamboanga Peninsula early Sunday to rescue some 959 passengers from the listing “SuperFerry 9" vessel.At least 155 people from the SuperFerry 9 had been rescued as of 8 a.m., radio reports said.“Mga 150 passengers na ang rescued ng MV Ocean Integrity, may dalawang reported injured (A nearby ship, MV Ocean Integrity, rescued 150 passengers, but two were reported injured)," Tamayo told dzBB radio, citing initial reports reaching him. But he said no details were immediately available on the two injured.Tamayo said the SuperFerry was located off Siocon in Zamboanga Peninsula. He said initial reports showed the ship had problems when its generator set went “on and off."He said the Coast Guard already called for assistance from the Philippine Navy, Philippine National Police, and local government units in the Zamboanga Peninsula area.

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