Yacht of Leyte Rep. Romualdez's brother catches fire

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 21 2015 06:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 22 2015 10:58 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - A yacht owned by the brother of Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez caught fire on the waters of Barangay Verginia, Culaba, Biliran on Wednesday.

All nine crew members were rescued from the burning ship and then brought to the Culaba Rural Health Unit.

The MV Lubenico, owned by businessman Philip Romualdez, was sailing from Tacloban to Manila when the incident occurred. It was reported to be carrying fuel.

It left Tacloban at 7 a.m. and sent a distress call at 12:40 p.m.

The fire reportedly started at an exhaust pipe. -- Report from Sharon Evite, ABS-CBN News Tacloban