Thursday, October 4, 2012

All Island Hopping Activities in Boracay Suspended by the Philippine Coastguard

All island hopping activities were ordered suspended for the meantime by the Philippine Coastguard.

This was confirmed by Chief Petty Officer Ronnie Hiponia of the Coastguard Detachment Caticlan. The suspension is in relation to the capsizing of the boat Kevin 2 yesterday at Tambisaan where 3 Taiwanese nationals died.

According to Hiponia, island hopping is still dangerous for the public especially that the country is still experiencing bad weather brought about by typhoon Marce.

Hiponia also gave assurance that a Special Operations Group (SOG) will be commissioned to patrol the waters of Boracay. The supervision of boats has also been made strict to ensure that the wearing of life jacket will be followed by passengers.

Still in connection with the boat capsizing incident involving the Taiwanese nationals yesterday, an emergency meeting was set by the Coastguard together with other agencies in Boracay to discuss the incident.

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