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First Posted 14:58:00 01/21/2015
Last Updated 09:22:00 01/24/2015
Romualdez yacht burns near Biliran
Anchored near the wharf. The remains of the burned yacht, MV Lubenico, towed to Culaba and anchored near its shore. Photo courtesy of Mabel Abanilla.
Burning. An exclusive video of biliranisland.com showing the Romualdez yacht burning on the sea off Culaba, Biliran on Jan. 21, 2015.
Two helicopters were seen flying around the burning yacht yesterday. The one identified as owned by the helicopter of the Romualdezes was seen for the longest time.
The inside of the burned Romualdez yacht.
Just in. According to our reliable source, the burning yacht is owned by Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, and not by his brother Philip.
11 AM Jan. 22, 2014
Alleged Coast Guard operatives on speedboats are securing the seas around the burned yacht off Culaba and have just prevented a coverage team from biliranisland.com from riding on their chartered boat and leaving the shore to approach the accident area and take pictures.
The riders of the fancy vehicle on the video introduced themselves as Coast Guard operatives and harangued and prevented the boat of the biliranisland.com coverage team from leaving shore in Culaba this morning to reach the site of the burning yacht. Anyway, the website got yesterday’s videos of the burning ship from other sources, some of which were taken by rescuers of the ill-fated crew.
8PM : Update: The boat continues to burn off Culaba. But a speedboat was retrieved.
According to Sofronio Dacillo Jr, of Biliran PDRRMC, the yacht’s name is MV Lubenico. The crew – Captain Ronald Salmoren, 43; chief mate, Gregorio Booc; chief engr, Neil Abatayo, 43; electrician, Eugene Gorge, 34; AB Melody de San Jose, 34; AB Joel Sotomayor, 33; oiler, Manny Azul; oiler, James Sotomayor, 23; cook/steward, John Adrian, 23.
Erratum: There are 9 named crew members, not 8 as initially reported. The yacht burned some 4-5 km from Culaba, Biliran, at sea between Samar and Culaba
Erratum: The yacht is said to belong to Philip Romualdez, brother of Rep. FM Romualdez.
Breaking News. The yacht of Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez caught fire at sea off Brgy. Verginia, Culaba in Biliran while sailing from Tacloban to Manila. The 8 crew members are safe.
The yacht of Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez caught fire at sea off Brgy. Verginia, Culaba in Biliran while sailing from Tacloban to Manila. The 8 crew members are safe at Culaba RHU. It left Tacloban at 7:00 am and sent a distress call at 12:40 pm. The fire allegedly came out of the exhaust pipe.
Video by Christine Devio
ang pangutana, kang kinsa ang yacht nga nasunog? Kang Rep FM Romualdez ba or kang Philip?
Angay pa ba taguon ang kamatuoran? Na ang tinuod tag iya walay lain.. Si Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez. Ayaw tuisa ang balita.
Pagdasal natin na ok na ang lagay ng mga pasahero. At sure naman na nasa seguridad sila ngayon dahil napagamot na sila sa ospital.
Good job to all the rescuers for their immediate help.