MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 31, 2011) – A Philippine ferry sank off Iloilo province on Sunday and authorities said more than 140 people had been rescued from the ill-fated vessel.
The ferry, MV Trans Asia Malaysia, left Cebu province on Saturday and was on its way to Iloilo when huge waves and strong winds battered and tilted the vessel which eventually sank.
The Coast Guard said fishing vessels and other boats, including a tanker, passing near the ferry helped in rescuing the passengers. Most of the passengers were brought to the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.
In 2009, an overload Trans Asia ferry, the MV South Korea, also sank off Bantayan Island in Cebu after hitting a huge rock and 54 passengers were killed. The ferry, which had a capacity of 600, was carrying more than 800 passengers, authorities said. (Mindanao Examiner)