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19 Dead, Hundreds Adrift in Philippines Typhoon

Discussion in 'Storm Watch' started by DandyDon, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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  2. BlueReef

    BlueReef Instructor, Scuba

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    Damn, I hope those people are ok. One of those reports said the ferry actually sunk, anyone know how true that is? (and how deep?).

    It made me think, why don't boats have some kind of airbag system around their sides? To keep them afloat should their hull rupture (I guess the designers thought there's enough safety backups with modular hull compartments? but your hear about ships sinking loads of times).

    Don't know how big the bags (modular system too in case a few rupture) would have to be, but I don't know maybe it s dumb idea. Could at least buy it time though. I mean salvagers use bags to raise old ships etc intact.
     
  3. peterbj7

    peterbj7 Dive Shop Owner Rest in Peace

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  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Currently: 4:27am Monday (PHT) - Time in Philippines

    There are conflicting reports as to whether it sank completely or is still partially afloat with a possible air pocket. Initial reports stated over 700 on board but: "Sulpicio Lines, the owner of the MV Princess of Stars, revised up the number of people missing to 845 after discovering an extra 100 passengers on the ship's manifest."

    "A coastguard vessel was trawling the waters around the 23,824 gross tonne ferry, which is upside down with only its bow above the waves, trying to confirm reports some passengers had made it to a small island.

    "We are hoping more people will have reached the shoreline," Vice Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, the head of the coastguard, told Reuters."


    Over 200 now dead elsewhere there.

    Over 800 missing in Philippine ferry disaster | Reuters
     
  5. UnderSeaBumbleBee

    UnderSeaBumbleBee Solo Diver

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    I just read an article that says they think they have found a few more alive maybe 20 or 30.


    What a horrible thing to have a vessel sink in a storm with so many people. As we are heading into the night in US, it should have been daylight there now for a couple of hours. I think there is 12 hours dif between Eastern Standard time and the time in the Manila. Does anyone know if that is correct?


    Let us hope and pray the morning light finds some angry, cold, tired, wet people on the beaches waiting for a ride home.
     
  6. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Yes, 12 hours. I put the Philippines time of my last post at the top of it as time is so critical on this.

    This story says at least 229 dead from ferry, with over 700 missing, no word here on the new survivors: THISDAY ONLINE

    This one tells of 28 surviving in a lifeboat that started with 30, bringing current survivors to 32: AFP: 28 Philippines ferry survivors found: report

    In addition to daylight there now, the storm has finally moved away so that much better search efforts can start for any survivors.
     

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  7. Diver Dennis

    Diver Dennis Solo Diver

    I'm in Bulacan Hank, north of Manila.
     
  8. Jim Ernst

    Jim Ernst Instructor, Scuba

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    I am so sorry to hear of such a tragedy !!:(

    Dennis, You stay safe my friend.
     
  9. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My feelings as well. Glad you're okay Dennis and my condolences on your country's tragedies as they continue to be discovered....

    Currently 11:47am Tuesday (PHT) - Time in Philippines - I hope this day brings better news. There are now over 2500 stories on the web, some grossly inaccurate, like 500 on the ferry that had over 800.

    Excerpted from: No sign of life: Divers ordered to bore hole in hull - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos
    Excerpted from: Rescuers widen search for ferry survivors - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos
    Excerpted from: Ferry survivor makes dry land after five-hour swim - Asia, World - The Independent
    Excerpted from: US sends rescue craft to help look for survivors - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

    Excerpted from: Gov’t grounds Sulpicio ships; inquiries set - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

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  10. Diver Dennis

    Diver Dennis Solo Diver

    Thanks Jim and Don. I'm actually a Canadian but the Philippines is my home now.
     

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