A Chinese tourist died and her 27 fellow passengers were rescued this morning after their boat sunk off Boracay, in Aklan.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said they tried to revive 45-year-old Hongfang Kuai, but CPR was not enough to save her life, Rappler reports. Meanwhile, 22 other Chinese tourists, two Filipino travelers, and three crew members survived the mishap.
Three Chinese tourists — an 11-year-old girl and two adults aged 24 and 60 — were brought to a nearby hospital for treatment, CNN Philippines reports. They are currently in stable condition.
Lieutenant Commodore Marlowe Acevedo told ABS-CBN News that the group was island hopping when their vessel was suddenly hit by a massive wave.
“The passengers panicked, and they all went to one side of the boat; that’s why it sunk,” Acevedo said.
The number of Chinese tourists visiting the Philippines has steadily increased over the years. From January to May 2019, almost 734,000 arrived in the country, a 31 percent increase over the same period in 2018.
Meanwhile, in September, seven members of a Boracay dragon boat team perished after their vessel was battered by strong winds and massive waves.