Commander Ronnie Gil Gavan, commander of the Zamboanga Coast Guard Station.Gavan
today said the wooden-hull vessel M/V Darwisa was bound for Jolo, Sulu while the Weesam 5 fast craft ferry was bound for this city when the collision took place.He
said the crew of Weesam 5 rescued 26 people from M/V Darwisa, which was damaged upon impact.He
, however, said they could not ascertain how many of the rescued 26 people were passengers and crewmembers citing they did not have the vessel's manifest. He
said the ill-fated vessel left the local port around 9 p.m. Friday without clearance from his
added it was not registered with the Marine Industry Authority.
Weesam 5 was carrying 188 passengers.Not one of them was reported hurt during the collision.
The ferry makes stopovers in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi and Jolo, Sulu via Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.It has a capacity of 288 passengers.Gavan
learned of the incident Saturday morning when Weesam 5 arrived at the local port carrying the 26 people they rescued from M/V Darwisa.He
said they dispatched the coast guard vessel BRP-Davao del Norte to the collision site to look for more survivors, if any.