Waves 'as tall as a mountain' lashed the ship, MV Princess of the Stars, and sank it off Sibuyan Island, Romblon province. About 800 of the more than 862 persons aboard the ship were missing as of Sunday and were believed to have drowned.
If all the 800 missing passengers are finally declared dead, the sinking of the MV Princess of the Stars would go into the records as the second-worst sea disaster in the Philippines. The country’s—and the world’s—worst peacetime sea disaster was the collision of the MV Doña Paz with MT Vector in Tablas Strait between the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque on Dec. 20, 1987 in which more than 4,000 people died.
Why did the Coast Guard not exercise extra caution in this case, considering that Sulpicio Lines, which owns MV Princess of the Stars, has figured in many sea disasters? MV Doña Paz was a ship of the Sulpicio Lines. So were MV Doña Marilyn, which sank on Oct. 24, 1988, and MV Princess of the Orient, which went down on Sept. 18, 1998.
excerpts from Inquirer.Net
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