Missing motor banca found but no sign of life

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    LIMAY, Bataan — The Philippine Coast Guard reported that the ill-fated motorized banca that left Mariveles, Bataan nine days ago for Naic, Cavite was found in Nasugbo, Batangas Monday morning but minus the operator and 11 passengers.

    The Coast Guard Bataan station in Limay town said it received a radio message from the CG Batangas station of finding banca Christian Angel with one of its outriggers broken.

    A call to CG Batangas station confi rmed the report and that relatives identified the banca as the one used by the missing persons.

    Lt. Carlos Victor Carlos, CG Bataan station commander, said they were in continuous search for the operator and passengers in Corregidor and Bataan but results were negative.

    An unconfirmed report said that tied in the banca were two goats that the passengers brought with them but that the animals were already dead.

    CG Batangas station would not confirm finding the dead animals.

    The 12 people, four of them children from Naic, Cavite, arrived in Sitio Dingenen in Barangay Alas- Asin, Mariveles Saturday afternoon to attend the seaside sitio’s fiesta the next day, Sunday.

    They left Dingenen at about 2 p.m. Sunday but have not reached Naic since then.

    Relatives in Bataan said they have also made searches in areas in Cavite and the West Phillippine Sea in the towns of Bagac and Morong.

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