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Boat sinks off Tawi-Tawi; 7 dead, 8 missing

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Seven bodies who were on a state of decomposition have been recovered off Tawi-Tawi, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

They were among the 16 passengers of a motorized boat that sank on July 30 while on its way to Sempornah, Sabah, Malaysia from Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, said PCG, which only received the report Wednesday, August 9.

The information regarding the incident came from lone survivor identified as Ibrahin Hassan Mandul.

The lifeless bodies were recovered by the local fishermen at Sitangkai Reefs. The remains were immediately buried in Sitangkai as part of the Muslim tradition.

The PCG has deployed BRP Cape San Agustin to look for the other eight missing passengers. The military, local police, and local government unit personnel have dispatched teams to help in the search operation.

The PCG has also coordinated with the Malaysian authorities for possible joint operations.