Boracay island hopping tragedy: Boat capsized, Chinese national dead, 27 rescued

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A Chinese national died while 27 others were rescued, including 22 Chinese after a boat used in island hopping in Boracay, Aklan capsized on Tuesday morning.

Boracay island hopping tragedy
A Chinese national died while 27 others rescued when a boat capsized after a Boracay island hopping turned into a tragedy. (Image from PCG)

The victim was identified as 45-year-old Hongfang Kuai and a foreign tourist on Boracay Island.

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Those rescued were given treatment at Ciriaco Tirol Hospital. They are 22 Chinese nationals who are with Kuai, two Filipino tour guides,  one skipper, and two crews of Jocelyn 1 boat.

P/Lt. Col. Jonathan Pablito, chief of Malay Police, reported that the incident happened around 11:10 am at the seas of Brgy. Balabag, sa Malay, Aklan. The victims were about to finish their island hopping and were about to land ashore when their boat capsized.

“After island hopping, upon approaching sila ng shore, ‘yung boat nag-capsize. Na-rescue naman sila ng other boats in the area, they were rushed to Ciriaco Tirol Hospital,” said Pablito.

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According to the skipper and crew of Jocelyn 1, strong winds hit the boat and broke its barge, causing it to capsize.

The rescue team of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Police responded quickly and took the tourists immediately to a responding motorboat.

Also read: Taiwanese tourist wears just a ‘string’ in Boracay fined


3.4 million Toyota vehicles for recall due to air bags defects

Toyota Motor Corp announced on Tuesday that it would recall around 3.4 million cars around the globe due to air bags defects.

The renowned car manufacturer said the said vehicles have an electronic glitch, which can result in air bags not deploying in crashes.

The Toyota recall included 2.9 million U.S. vehicles, covers 2011-2019 Corolla, 2011-2013 Matrix, 2012-2018 Avalon, and 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid vehicles.

It explained that the vehicles could have problems with its air bag control computer. As a result, the air bag would not be completely deployed or not be used in case of a crash.

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