Boat that capsized off Camotes Island not registered with MARINA

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2018 08:03 PM | Updated as of Aug 28 2018 09:12 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard's (PCG) office in Cebu has confirmed that the boat that capsized off Camotes Island Tuesday is not registered with the Maritime Industry Authority as a passenger vessel.

The sea mishap took place Tuesday afternoon when strong waves greeted MB Habagat while the passengers were on their way home to San Francisco town, northeastern Cebu.

Crew members of a passing vessel rescued 29 passengers, including the captain.

Boat captain Romar Hermocilla admitted that the vessel could only accommodate up to 19 passengers, but PCG-Cebu said it was carrying 34 passengers when it left port. 

Of those on board, two died while three remain missing. 

Hermocilla said the boat owner allowed them to use the vessel for free.

Petty Officer-In-Charge Rudolph Alain Benolirao said the passengers were not wearing their life jackets when rescued.