September 06, 2009

Super Ferry 9 sinks / Super Ferry Death Toll / Super Ferry Passengers ...

The Super Ferry 9 bound for Iloilo sunk at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, off the Banga Point in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. Initially, the Super Ferry 9 had three (3) persons reported dead while four others were injured. More than 200 remained missing according to the preliminary reports released by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the National Disaster Coordinating Council.

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Upon knowing the Super Ferry 9 incident, the Coast Guard and the Navy immediately dispatched rescue vessels to the site of the accident. The Aboitiz Shipping Lines also dispatched two of its passenger vessels, the MV Integrity and MV Myriad, to help save the Super Ferry 9 passengers.

According Andrew Deyto, Aboitiz Shipping’s assistant vice president for sales and management, the Super Ferry 9 skippered by Captain Jose Yap had a capacity of more than 1,100 persons. At the time of the sinking, it had 968 persons on board including 847 passengers, 107 crew members and seven sea marshals.

Deyto said life rafts and vests inside Super Ferry 9 were enough for all the passengers. (Source:

As of 5:08 PM today, the GMA News.TV released an online update that "The death toll from the sinking of the SuperFerry 9 off Zamboanga Peninsula rose to five while 63 other people remained missing as of Sunday afternoon, the Coast Guard said."
In a report dated 3 p.m., the Coast Guard said the two latest fatalities were retrieved by fishing vessel (FB) Charito that was joining search operation.

So ang casualties sa atin, lima. Pinaghahanap natin 63 pa, kasama crew and passenger (So the death toll went up to five. We are still looking for 63 more)," Coast Guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said in an interview on dzRH radio.

The ill-fated ship's captain, Jose Yap, was among the survivors who were rescued. (Source:
For the full articles cited here, you may visit the "Super Ferry 9 Sinks, 3 die" and "SuperFerry 9 death toll now 5; 63 still missing" for the lengthy details.

I feel sorry and sympathy to the bereaved family of the victims/passengers of the Super Ferry 9 vessel. This is a sad incident and I hope, our maritime and coastal safety management system and enforcement, as well as rescue preparedness will learn hard lessons for a safer and more efficient maritime transport in the country.

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