One dead and eight missing after ferry Starlite Atlantic sank in Batangsa Bay

Starlite AtlanticThe ferry Starlite Atlantic sank in Batangsa Bay near Tingloy island in Philippines. The vessel was caught by typhoon Nock-Ten (Nina) and heavy storm, which pushed her into the rocks of the island. The ferry stuck into the shallow and suffered under water breaches. Starlite Atlantic started getting water ingress and capsized in several minutes. Following the accident one passenger died and another eight went missing. The accident was reported to the local authorities and Coast Guard. The large-scale rescue operation was initiated and were rescued fourteen people, which were transferred to the local hospital for medical treatment and examination.

The search and rescue operation is seriously hampered by the strong winds and bad weather. The Coast Guard called off the search and rescue operations until Dec 27 morning as it was already dark and the current was still strong.

There are no further details about water pollution and what is the condition of the ferry, but probably remained partially above the water.

The ferry Starlite Atlantic (IMO: 7501534) has overall length of 71.50 m, moulded beam of 13.60 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 634 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,497 GRT. The ferry Starlite Atlantic was built in 1975 by Wakamatsu Shipbuilding in Kitakyushu, Japan. The owner and manager of the vessel is local operator Starlite Ferries.