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WATCH: 50 rescued as boat on island-hopping trip sinks in Davao

May 19, 2019 - Sunday 3:05 PM by Ruth Palo

Video credit: Jen Dumlao

DAVAO CITY -- Fifty people were rescued on Sunday morning by personnel of the Philippine Coastguard Station (PCG)-Davao when the motorboat they were taking on an island-hopping adventure sank around 150 meters from Sta. Ana Wharf in this city.

PCG Davao Station Commander George Maganto said his personnel immediately conducted search and rescue operations after the incident was reported to them.

He said the MBCA San Cristoffer, owned by a certain Jenny Perez of Buhangin, Davao City, was en route to Coral Garden in the Island Garden City of Samal on an island-hopping trip when it accidentally caught mooring lines underwater which was connected to a sinker.

He said the boat was backing up when the incident happened, causing the vessel to sink.

Maganto said his team rescued the 45 passengers and five crew members and transferred them to PCG seacraft before bringing them to shore.

Maganto said all passengers and crew members were in good condition after the incident and underwent debriefing.

One passenger suffered right shoulder pain and hyperventilation and was given first aid treatment.

Maganto said responders from Central 911, Regional Maritime Unit 11, Task Force Davao, and Bureau of Fire Protection were also dispatched to provide necessary assistance during the conduct of search and rescue operations.

He said Coastguard Davao Station and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) 11 will conduct further investigation on the incident.

Click on a photo below for a slide show. (Credits: Philippine Coastguard Station (PCG)-Davao.)