Ferry Sinks, All Saved
The 2,439 gt ferry Asia Malaysia sank after developing a starboard list off Ajuy, Iloilo, Philippines. The vessel left Cebu with 168 people on board bound for Iloilo City. During the voyage the ferry began to list to starboard as it was hit by large waves and strong winds. The ferry began to take on water as the list increased to 35 degrees. The master of the Asia Malaysia determined that the vessel was at risk and sent out a distress signal and ordered everyone to abandon ship. The Coast Guard and local patrol vessels responded to the scene. Passengers were transferred to a nearby passenger ship Filipinas Cebu. Shortly afterwards, the Asia Malaysia capsized and sank. Reports stated that there was storm warnings, but only that vessels should proceed with caution. All on board the ferry were rescued safely and no reports of injuries. The ferry lies 90 feet below the surface off Calabasa Island. There is some concern about the 21,000 liters of fuel on board when the vessel sank. Authorities have requested salvage or have the fuel removed to prevent any pollution. An investigation is being conducted into the incident.
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