Vessel sinks off Palawan; 5 rescued

Posted at 07/20/2012 9:50 AM | Updated as of 07/20/2012 5:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Five fishermen were rescued after their fishing vessel sank off Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Thursday due to bad weather, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

PCG said FBCA Irish sank off Barangay San Rafael because of big waves brought about by heavy rains and strong winds.

All of the vessel’s five crew members were rescued.

State weather bureau PAGASA said the combined effects of the southwest monsoon (hanging habagat) and an active low pressure area (LPA) were causing rains in some parts of Luzon, especially in the eastern portion of central and southern Luzon.

The active LPA was last spotted 320 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora.

Should the active LPA becomes a cyclone, it will be named “Ferdie.” It will be considered a tropical depression once it gains wind strength between 55-64 kilometers per hour.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said Visayas and Mindanao will experience rains brought by the southwest monsoon.