I was doing some research on recent capsizing involving small passenger vessels - here's another one from the Philippines that I wasn't aware of....I believe this might be number three or four this year for Philippine flagged vessels - not so good. Perhaps they need some marginal maritime advice on stability, viz., load high - bad ... load low - good.
From the China News Service -
MANILA, November 4 (Xinhua) -- At least 40 people, including 11 children, were killed and 76 others were rescued after an inter-island passenger boat capsized Tuesday afternoon in the central Philippines.
The MV Don Dexter Kathleen capsized off the country's central province of Masbate when a sudden gust of wind hit the vessel at 1 p.m. local time (0300 GMT), said Reuben Sindac, police director of the province.
Rescue teams recovered a manifest of the ferry, which showed there were 119 passengers and six crew members on the boat.
But Sindac said that there may be more as they received reports that some were on board but their names were not on the manifest. He estimated that at least 13 people are still missing.
Of the 29 adult dead, 25 were women.
The police have brought the dead to a plaza, lined up and covered for their relatives to identify.
The tragedy occurred 20 minutes after the ferry's departure on its voyage to Sorsogon, another central province.
The vessel was reportedly owned and operated by one Eduardo Yap in the Masbate province.
"The weather suddenly turned violent. There was a whirlwind," said Herminio Valdemoro, a local official.
Sindac said there were life jackets aboard but the waves surged too suddenly.
As an archipelago with more than 7,000 islands and heavy dependence on sea-going vessels for transport, the Southeast Asian country is frequently haunted by sea mishaps, large or small.
On June 21, another ferry, named The M/V Princess of the Stars, overturned off the central province of Romblon at the height of Typhoon Fengshen, with 862 people on board. No more than 60 survived the disaster. Currently, the ill-fated vessel is still floating upside down off Romblon.