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MV Trans Asia Malaysia ship bound to Iloilo sinks in Negros, 160 passengers rescued

By on Jul 31, 2011 in Asia, Lifestyle, Travel Comments

Negros Occidental, Philippines – A MV Trans Asia Malaysia ship bound to Iloilo sank in Negros on Sunday, July 31, 2011, and around 160 passengers were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

MV Trans Asia Malaysia file photo
Image Credit: John Michael Aringay(Mikeel_2010)/Flickr

According to local news sites that day, the MV Trans Asia Malaysia ship left Cebu at around 6 p.m. (local time) on Saturday and is being expected to arrive at Iloilo at 8 a.m. the next morning.

However, PCG chief Vice Admiral Ramon Liwag told reports that the ship’s captain reportedly called to abandon ship at around 6:00 am (local time) on Sunday.

Apparently, the ship was said to have tilted to its right side due to strong waves of the waters and sank off the coasts in Cadiz, Negros Occidental and Ajuy, Iloilo.

The PCG noted that the around 160 passengers of the MV Trans Asia ship, which is being operated by Trans Asia Shipping Lines, were transferred to the nearby ships including MV Filipinas Cebu.

As of this writing, the PCG is still investigating the real reason why the ship sank, but initial reports say that overloading is not being considered since the ship’s capacity is 500 passengers.

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