By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – Forty-five passengers and five crew members were rescued after a motorized boat heading for Samal Island sank 150 meters from the Sta. Ana Wharf here early Sunday.
Philippine Coast Guard Davao Station Commander George Maganto said on Sunday in a phone interview the boat sank when a rope that was connected to a sinker got entangled with its propeller.
Rescue teams from the Coast Guard and Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) rescued the passengers, some of whom sustained minor injuries. All passengers were sent home, according to Maganto.
“We are conducting an investigation together with Marina to identify who is at fault. The owner of the boat has insurance,” he said. Authorities pulled the sunken boat back to the pier.