A yacht with eight people sunk off the coast of Bauan, Batangas after it faced strong waves and winds brought by typhoon Molave, authorities announced today.
The Philippine Coast Guard said that they have rescued seven of the eight crew members of the sunken MV Oceanic Explorer at 7am today. Those rescued are currently onboard a tugboat, while the Coast Guard is still searching for the missing crew member. The names of the crew members have yet to be released to the media.
Joselito Sinocruz, manager of Batangas Port, told radio station DZBB in Filipino that winds are battering the province, where typhoon Signal No. 3 has been raised. This means that winds are moving from 121 to 170 kilometers per hour and residents can expect to see buildings to be damaged and trees to be uprooted.
“[Rain and winds] are very strong here. Inside the port, we have seen several trees fall down. I’ve seen trees fall down on three vehicles,” he said.
Meanwhile, another vessel faced issues in the nearby town of Maricaban at about 8am, with the crew members of the MV RoRo-12 abandoning their boat due to the rough sea conditions. Members of the Coast Guard are reportedly on the way to Bonito Island where the crew members took shelter.