Search continues for passengers of sunken vessel near Malaysian border

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2018 09:31 AM

MANILA - The Philippine Coast Guard continues to search for 8 missing passengers of a vessel that sank in the country's southern waters near the Malaysian border Monday last week. 

Capt. Armand Balilo, Coast Guard spokesman, said Wednesday that based on the account of a lone survivor, BRP Cape San Agustin was battered by big waves on its way to Sempornah, Sabah. 

"PCG together with military, local police and local government unit personnel have dispatched search teams to look for the remaining missing passengers who are all residents of Tawi Tawi," he said.

Earlier reports said 7 of the ill-fated vessel's 16 passengers have been found dead in the seas of Sitangkai in Tawi-Tawi. Balilo said they were immediately buried as part of Muslim tradition.