Captain feared dead after ferry capsizes in typhoon-hit Central Visayas, Philippines

Photo: Philippine Coast Guard
Photo: Philippine Coast Guard

One person has gone missing and is feared to have died following an incident wherein a passenger vessel capsized in typhoon-hit waters in the Philippines' Central Visayas region on Saturday, December 18.

The Ro-Pax ferry Lite Ferry 10 was off Loon, Bohol province, when strong winds and rough sea conditions brought about by Typhoon Rai caused it to list heavily to starboard until it ended up on its side.

Search and rescue (SAR) personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard and the crews of two Good Samaritan vessels sailed to the area to render assistance to the people on the half-submerged ferry.

Twenty-six of Life Ferry 10's crew were safely rescued. However, no trace has yet been found of the vessel's captain, Mr Raul Mission.

Coast guard SAR teams are continuing to comb the area off Loon for any trace of the missing captain.

The ferry had no embarked passengers at the time of the capsizing.

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