After the sea tragedy, the Coast Guard lifts Iloilo-Guimaras boat trips

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The Philippine Coast Guard lifted the suspension of passenger motorbanca activities in the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait, where 31 individuals died previously this month after three wooden-hulled boats sank, an official said Tuesday.

 

Trips are expected to resume early Tuesday after the 10-day suspension, but the weather should be reasonable and only 75% of their passenger ability should be carried by ships.

 

Passengers are also needed to wear life jackets, the Aug. 3 accident in the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait could have triggered squall or sudden violent winds, PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said previously.

 

Scores of people die each year from ferry accidents in the Philippines, an archipelago of 7,100 islands with a poor record for maritime safety.

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