Police in Batangas City confirmed Thursday that so far Lyka Banaynal, 20, of Paranaque City was the only fatality from the crew members who were aboard the ill-fated Starlite Atlantic ship which sank at the height of typhoon "Nina" on Dec. 26.
Tingloy, Batangas police chief Inspector Ferdinand Laureta said some of the Starlite Atlantic vessel crew were rescued while it was sinking in the seawater off Tingloy town around 3:45 p.m. on Monday.
But 18 others still remain missing.
Insp. Laureta identified the 14 crew survivors as: Eric Cuevas, the boat captain of Starlite Atlantic and resident of Pallocan, Batangas City; Airon Barrera, 23 of Kalibu, Aklan; Rommel Olaco, 24, of Rodriguez, Rizal; Rhonvic Ricohermoso, 21 of San Jose, Occidental, Mindoro; Jose June Bernabe, 21 of Sibalum, Antique;
Jill Violyn Gonzalez, 27 of Poblacion Ibajay, Aklan; Russel Andal, 24 of Sariaya, Quezon; Nestor Santiago, 21 of Plaridel, Bulacan; Bobet Rabasto, 22 of Western Samar; Jonathan Garcia-Pisa of Tingloy, Batangas;
Ricky Lallen, 48 and chief engineer from San Enrique, Iloilo City; Mark Angelo Estenote, 24 of Oton, Iloilo; James Bernard Padilla, 29 of Zamboanga Sibugay; and Marjun Baltar Baldonaza.
Laureta said that at about 10 a.m. on Dec. 26, Monday, the Starlite Atlantic sank between Matuko Island and Verde Island in Batangas City.
Police said the Starlite Atlantic vessel left the Batangas Bay at about 8 a.m. on December 26 with thirty-three crew on board and was bound for Barangay Maricaban in nearby Tingloy town in Batangas.
Investigations showed the vessel left the bay port area and sailed towards a safer berthing station when the boat experienced engine failure.
Typhoon "Nina" was lashing at Southern Batangas during this time and the ship encountered strong winds, huge waves and rapid sea current that caused it to sink.
The Batangas joint search and rescue teams with coast guard authorities are still searching for the 18 other crews who are missing.
Source: Philippines News Agency