Thursday, October 04, 2007
Fourteen crew members of a cargo ship which sank in waters off western Philippines' Palawan Island last weekend were believed to have been eaten by sharks, reported the Philippine News Agency. The news agency quoted Roulette Sapallida, one of four people who survived the wreckage on September 29, as saying that the ill- fated MV Mia was in a shark-infested area. MV Mia sank on September 29, some 28 nautical miles southeast off Cagayancillo in Palawan due to strong waves brought about by tropical depression "Hanna".The town island of Cagayancillo, Cabili Island, is also haunted by sharks which live near a World Heritage Site-declared Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. Sapallida and three other crew members of the ship were rescued by a passing fishing boat. The Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard divers and rescuers have been in the area for a joint rescue operation for days without finding any survivor.