Ferry Mt. Carmel or Lady of Mt. Carmel sank in Sibuyan Sea, 1 dead 27 missing

Ro-ro cargo/passenger vessel sank at around 05:00 LT June 14 13 in the strait between Luzon island southern peninsula and Burias Island in Sibuyan Sea, Philippine (175 nm SE of Manila), some three hours after leaving Pio Duran, Luzon. According to vessel’s manifest, there were 22 crew, 40 passengers, 2 buses and one or two trucks on board. As of 08:00 UTC 34 people were rescued, 1 found dead, Search and Rescue under way, involving vessels in the area, Coast Guard boats and helicopter. The cause of the sinking unknown. Master of the vessel was rescued, he said it wasn’t the weather. Some media said there was engine trouble.

The correct name of the vessel and vessel’s particulars are unknown. First news said it was Mt. Carmel, later m/v Lady of Mt. Carmel was mentioned, some media identify the vessel as m/v Lady of Mount Carmel. No vessel under any of the mentioned my media names found in known databases. With 22 crew vessel surely is not some local boat, it’s a sea-going cargo vessel, most probably ro-ro cargo/passenger ferry. If anyone knows vessel’s details, please advise vmd@odin.tc 

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