104 were rescued while 2 were reported to have died when roll-on roll-off (RORO) ferry ship Maharlika 2 bound for Liloan from Lipata in Surigao sunk off the coast of San Ricardo, Southern Leyte. 

Gov. Roger Mercado of Southern Leyte said that the boat was sunk between Surigao and Southern Leyte at around 6 p.m. September 13, Saturday. Search and rescue were immediately initiated to attend to the victims. By 2:45 am of Sunday, 2 were confirmed dead and 104 were rescued ( 34 survivors were aboard the MV Maharlika, 53 were able to board the MT St. Martin, and 17 were aboard the MV Lara). All of the survivors were brought to Lipata Terminal in Surigao.

Ferry Ship Maharlika 2 Sinks Off the Coast of Southern Leyte Coast Updates

Gov. Mercado confirmed that there was no travel advisory in the vessel’s location at the time of the incident but the strength of Southwest Monsoon was already felt in the area. The ship ferry sank about 11 miles along San Ricardo.

According to the initial Coast Guard report, all of those in the ship, 68 passengers and 31 crew members, were wearing lifejackets. The water started seeping inside the ship at around 3:30pm when the ship was just five mile away from Barangay Balong-balong in Pintuyan town. At around 4pm the captain reported difficulties in steering the boat. Soon, it capsized and sunk.

A separate report by GMA News' Bam Alegre said an initial list of 29 survivors included:

1. Jesse Buhos (Ormoc)
2. Roel Mallen (Davao)
3. Trestan Mallen (Davao)
4. Ronald Villariez (Pampanga)
5. Richei Cagas (Davao)
6. Gerald Tocoyo (Batangas)
7. Vicente Adolfo (Capiz)
8. Raul Acero (General Santos)
9. Roselito Tabon (Liloan, leyte)
10. Armando Glaban (Misamis Oriental)
11. Rodney Calibuyot (Panabo)
12. Emer llegue (Samar)
13. Ma. Isabel llegue (Samar)
14. Quenciano Presilda (Tagum)
15. Christian Balili (Davao)
16. Dennis Rodas (Mandaluyong)
17. Dexter Nieves (Mandaluyong)
18. Jesse Saberon (Laguna)
19. Jerson Sabrani (Cebu)
20. Jaype Agoho (Batangas)
21. Erwin Reyes (Batangas)
22. Sonny Noyles (Batangas)
23. Ruth Balani (Cavite)
24. Justin Alamo (Cavite)
25. Etta Mesias (Cantilan)
26. Melanie Boti (Davao)
27. Ruth Quibol (Tandag)
28. Jerson Sembrano (Cebu)
29. Peter John Delos Santos (Capiz)

Coast Guard was conducting an investigation about the incident as they discovered that there was a discrepancy between the number of people in the manifest and the actual headcount od people on board the Maharlika 2. The crew defended that the people not listed in the manifest were the truck drivers and their assistants. According to Cmdr. Armand Balilo of the Coast Guard, all of those on board must be on the list. Furthermore, it has been cleared that the ferry was not over crowded. References: Abs-cbnnews, Gmanetwork

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