7 still missing in RORO ship Lady Carmel sinking off Masbate

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Very early in the morning on Friday, June (2013) despite sailing on a fair weather, the roll-on-roll-off (RORO) interisland ship Lady of Mount Carmel listed and sank off Burias Island, a few kms away from Aroroy, Masbate, Philippines, carrying its crew, passengers and cargo of vehicles down to the sea floor. It appears the crew were ill-trained to solve sea problems.

From Pio Duran, Albay to Masbate

With 70 people including crew and cargo of over 60 vehicles including two buses and two trucks, the RORO vessel sank about 5:30 a.m. on Friday. The site is 14 kms off the town of Aroroy.
Operated by Cebu-based Medallon Transport, the ill-fated ship with cargo, crew and passengers described above lifted anchor at Pio Duran at about 2 a.m. Friday bound for Masbate when tragedy struck.
Captain of the ship Lauro Mateo said that the ship listed to one side and was swallowed up by the sea in so sudden a fashion. This area is deep; the sea here is so deep. ( "Tumagilid yung barko. Pagtagilid, dire-diretso kaagad. Malalim yung area dito eh. Napakalalim ng dagat,")
It was reported the ship was sailing in good weather when it tilted and sank in less than a minute, leaving the crew no time to distribute life jackets to distressed passengers.
The Philippine Coast Guard in coordination with the Philippine Navy are still conducting search and rescue operations for the missing passengers. The PCG listed 7 passengers still missing.

List of missing passengers

Balitanghali's JP Soriano identified the missing persons as:
• Abigail Barredo
• Noan Manokan
• Fe Rasping
• Leticia Andaya
• Arianne Comidor
• Jonas Comidor, and
• Jocelyn Danao.
According to the CPG, the 70 people include:
• 39 passengers who have been rescued;
• two passengers who have died;
• seven passengers who are still missing, and
• 22 crew members, including the captain, who are all safe.

Violations and probable cause

Violations
The PCG noted violations, only 35 passengers were listed on the ship's manifest and documents were found incomplete and expired.
On board another ship owned by Medallion Transport, the dead were transported to Manila on Saturday.
Balitanghali's Chino Gaston said the PCG has no official report yet on the cause of the sinking.
Probable cause
However, interviews conducted by the PCG with some survivors disclosed the ship may have lost its balance after one of its cargo a bus veered off and caused the ship to tilt and sink.
Another angle being considered is the failure of the ship's bilge pump to throw unwanted water out the ship.

Other vital information

Depth of over 1,000 feet
The area where the ship sank was inspected by PCG and navy personnel for survivors as well as possible clues to the cause of the sinking.
The rescue team dropped anchor at and dived an estimated 40 feet to examine underneath.
The area has a depth of over 1,314 feet according to the report. After the dive, the PCG personnel inspected other parts of the area.
Three previous accidents
The report said that the area where the ship sunk is dangerous since it is where currents converged from different seas.
The BFAR said there were three other ships which shared the same fate as the MV Lady of Mount Carmel previously.
A salvage operation may not be cost effective since the expenses involved may be compared to buying a brand new ship.

CREDIT:

  • newsinfo.inquirer.net/
  • philstar.com/
  • rappler.com
  • philstar.com/ Search is on for missing passengers

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7 Still Missing, Aroroy Masbate, Burias Island, Lady Of Mount Carmel, Roro Ship Sinking

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