16 Chinese tourists rescued after boats collide in Boracay

Nony Basco, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2019 02:17 AM

Sixteen Chinese tourists, including women and children, were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard after their boat collided with another vessel before capsizing off the coast of Boracay island in Malay town, Aklan province Thursday.

Tthe Chinese tourists were onboard the service boat "JIN JU" when it collided with the "MBCA LMJ" boat around 1:45 p.m.

The JIN JU Service Boat reportedly departed from Bulabog Beach and anchored approximately 65 meters away from the shoreline for island-hopping activities.

At the same time, the MBCA LMJ 3 with its 22 passengers onboard was also en route to the same direction, likewise for island-hopping.

While maneuvering towards its destination, the MBCA LMJ 3 reportedly hit the starboard side of the JIN JU service boat. The service boat was damaged and it eventually submerged.

The Coast Guard rescued the Chinese nationals who were floating on the water.

Officials confirmed that out of 17 passengers of JIN JU Sevice boat, 12 were slightly injured and brought to Ciriaco Tirol Hospital for medical treatment. 

One of the passengers underwent an X-ray examination due to body pain. Others sustained bruises and abrasions.

Skippers of the two boats were placed under the custody of PCG Boracay for further investigation.