Pajero runs off Bacolod port; 2 passengers killed

Posted at 02/01/2010 11:43 AM | Updated as of 02/01/2010 11:55 AM

A businessman and his female companion drowned Sunday after the Mitsubishi Pajero they were on suddenly plunged into the water off Bredco port in Bacolod City.

Police identified the businessman as Ramon Vicente, a businessman from Bacolod City. His companion remains unidentified as of posting time.

A witness, Kim Tolosa, said he saw the parked Pajero move forward and plunge into the water at around 11 p.m.

Divers failed to save the trapped passengers after failing to open the vehicle's doors. Authorities later used a crane to lift the Pajero out of the water at 2:30 a.m.

Police said the bodies of Vicente and his female companion were found in various stages of undress in the backseat of the vehicle. Checkbooks, golf clubs, jewelry and cellphones were also found inside the car.