Vessel sinks off Tawi-Tawi; 55 rescued

Posted at 07/23/12 1:11 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A passenger and cargo vessel sank off Tawi-Tawi, an official said on Monday.

Philippine Coast Guard Spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo said the MT Launch Lucky Man experienced engine trouble and started to draw in water.

The boat sank off Sibatu Island in Bongao town.

All 55 passengers and crew members of the vessel were rescued after the captain immediately called for help from the coast guard.

The passengers were transferred to another boat before the vessel sank completely.

The PCG has asked the vessel’s crew members to submit a report on the incident. – report from dzMM