4 die as fishing boat sinks off Bataan

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BALANGA, Bataan, Philippines – Four fishermen died and one went missing when a fishing boat capsized in waters off Bataan last week, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported yesterday.

The PCG identified the deaths as Edgar Balboa, 50; Tirso de Guia, 45; Gregorio Limboc, 43, and Alexander Mesina, 52, all crew members of F/B Twin Sister.

Authorities are still looking for Jemar Dacillo, 26, also a resident of Nasugbo.

The PCG said 45 people were rescued in the incident which took place in the coastal waters of Bagac last Thursday.

The Twin Sister, skippered by Captain Gregorio Abong, was battered by strong winds and large waves, causing it to capsize, according to SN2 Bidin Babah of the PCG-Morong substation.

Abong was among the survivors.

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Meanwhile, all 165 passengers and crew of the M/V Mama Mary-Chloe, which caught fire and capsized while sailing from Bohol to Leyte, have been found.

One of them died in the incident on Sunday. The others were rescued and received medical treatment.

A previously missing passenger has been located and identified as Andy Toniacao, 32, from Hilongos, Leyte, the PCG said.

Authorities said Toniacao survived and immediately left the area, prompting the PCG to report him as missing.

Toniacao said he was traumatized by the incident, which forced him to leave immediately.

The PCG said no oil spills were found in the area where the Mama Mary-Chloe caught fire and was submerged.

Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the fire. – Evelyn Macairan, Bebot Sison Jr.

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