Sixteen tourists are now safely back in Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu after their boat capsized this morning.
According to Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas (PCG-7) spokesman Lt. Jr. Grade Michael John Encina, these tourists boarded motor banca “Thresher Shark” for an island hopping when they met the accident at sea.
The incident happened an hour after they left Malapascua Island for Capitancillo Island, off mainland Bogo City.
PCG-7 through its Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) San Remegio received the call for help at 11:50 a.m.
CGSS San Remegio employed the assistance of motor banca “Desamparado 6” as they were near the area. They also sent in their own team.
“Island hopping yung schedule nila but it so happens that they’re licensed divers,” Encina told Bohol Island News in a phone interview.
On board the boat were five American nationals, three Germans, two Spanish nationals, and one Swiss national, Hong Kong national, Australian, Israeli, Canadian and an Italian.
They reportedly suffered minor bruises while the four Filipino crew including the boat’s skipper were also safely rescued.
Encina said they are yet to establish the cause of the incident as there were no gale warnings hoisted over the province of Cebu.
At 11:55a.m., state weather bureau Pagasa here in the Visayas issued Thunderstorm Advisory No. 10 that warned of moderate to heavy rain showers with lightning and strong winds in Bogo City, Tabogon, and portion of Catmon. //