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Ship sinks in Zamboanga port

A passenger vessel from Malaysia sunk at the Zamboanga City International Port Thursday night.

Zamboanga City Port Harbor Master Arthur Nogas said M/V Danica Joy 2 of Aleson Shipping Lines Inc. skippered by Capt. Diojenes Saavedra arrived in Zamboanga City at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday from Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia with more than 800 passengers and crew.

Its passengers had disembarked and dock workers unloading the cargoes composed of cooking oil and other goods when the ship started to list on its starboard at about 9 p.m.

A regular passenger said the ship sustained a hole on the starboard, causing it to sink. The passenger said another ship tried to help but it was too late. The vessel continued to tilt on its side.

The passenger said the crew had to manually remove the water inside the vessel using a pail. She said that water had entered the ship even before they left Sandakan, forcing the crew to delay its departure.

No one was injured during the incident. (Nonoy E. Lacson)