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Interesting article from "The News"

BORACAY ISLAND — Nineteen Chinese and Taiwanese tourists were rescued by the operatives of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) near the Crystal Cove in southeastern part of this resort island Sunday.

thenewstoday.info/2009/10/13/pcg.rescues.19.…

Lieutenant Senior Grade Godofredo Vagilidad, commander of the PCG-Aklan, said they rescued the tourists on board the Edilyn-1 Banca around 1 pm after receiving reports from the Boracay Island Hopping Association (BIHA) that the motor banca was in an imminent danger.

“When we went there, we saw the banca already half-submerged in water. All the tourists are now safe,” said Vagilidad.

Vagilidad said that they are now investigating the operator of the banca since the weather is fine when the incident had occurred.

“We suspect that the boat operator might have committed some technical lapses. We urged them to file a marine protest on the said incident. In this way, we could be able to hold an official investigation of the incident,” he added.

Two weeks ago, 21 Chinese tourists were also rescued by the Coast Guard in the same area when the motor banca they were onboard was drifted for three hours after it developed technical problem amid the inclement weather. (PNA)

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1. Re: Interesting article from "The News"

What's interesting about this?

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this happens more often than you realize ,in part that is why during inclement weather now, maybe more so than in the past the Philippine Coast Guard sends notice that water sports are suspended. Whether they enforce it or not is another thing.

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it was less than 2 nautical miles off shore, they werent drifting anywhere. thts swimming distance

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Two Nautical Miles = Swimming Distance? Even if you have no training, eat too much, smoke & drink too much and move not enough plus waves and current...

Try it first...

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We were on the way to Crystal Cove on another boat when this boat began to sink - it was only about 150 metres from Crystal cove & there was little danger with no panic - just a news story

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I went to Crystal Cove on a small boat with two small children.

Two miles-Small children.with current-good luck!

Dismissing others valid concerns wont win you any points.

Are liscenced boats subject to an annual inspection?

I am just asking.

This would seem reasonable(ie to set minimum standards)

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The setting of standards does not imply that the standards set are enforced nor, if they are enforced at all, that they are uniformly enforced. Periodic inspections required by law or by ordinance are often accomplished by simple collection an inspection fee and issuance of a receipt therefor. The payment amount and the receipted amount may differ.

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To get, for example, a sanitary permit is ridiculous easy and not followed by inspection. Very few times inspections occur and the person to inspect has not really knowledge about sanitation, except the very basic stuff.

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corruption in the Philippines? surely not? ;)

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Corruption in the Philippines? Yes - before, but now no more....Must be foreigners saying that, people without a culture....