Passenger jumps off from RoRo vessel at mid-sea off Romblon
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ILOILO CITY -- A passenger of a roll on, roll off (RoRo) vessel went missing after jumping off at mid-sea on Romblon waters.
In his investigation, a certain PO1st Mendoza of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Caticlan said the RoRo vessel Starlite Atlantic was sailing around 3:30 a.m. on Monday somewhere in the vicinity of Carabao Island off mainland Romblon when 27-year-old Adonis Rocio jumped off.
Following the incident, the crew members immediately conducted tedious search and rescue operations but their effort to find the missing passenger proved futile. They sought the help of PCG-Caticlan which scoured the seas in the vicinity of Carabao Island.
Passengers aboard were stranded at mid-sea for almost two hours after the ship decided to drop anchor to find Rocio who is a resident of Cotabato Street, Bago Bantay, Quezon City.
The Starlite Atlantic was on its way to Caticlan jetty port in Malay, Aklan.
The crew of the RoRo vessel have no idea why the passenger decided to jump from the ship as well as the identity of his companion.
The Ro-Ro vessel arrived at Caticlan jetty port early Monday with majority of passengers on their way to Iloilo.