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Australian sailor dies after boat capsizes in attempt to sail to Subic

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Posted 4 years ago

By Roel Catoto

SURIGAO CITY – An Australian sailor died while floating in the waters off Siargao Island for six days after the boat, he and his two friends are on, capsized, police reports said.

Anthony John Mahoney, 73, of Townsville, Queensland, was reportedly already unconscious when he and his friends were found floating 50 miles off Siargao by two local fishermen 10 a.m. Sunday.

Mahoney and his two friends Lawrence Alered Mallea, 68, also of Queensland and Lionec Peter Ansselin, 74, who is currently residing in Bauang, La Union were attempting to sail from Australia to Subic Bay.

Mallea and Ansselin are now recuperating at the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag City, police said.

PO3 Evelyn Tidula, of the Tandag police, said Jonnifer Piosang and Albert Murillo saw the Australians holding on to a life buoy, waving their hands, while the fishermen were on their way back to Tandag.

The fishermen rescued the three foreigners and brought them to the hospital.

“The victims who were floating in the waters for six days kept holding on to their life buoy,” Tidula said Monday afternoon.

“Unfortunately, Anthony John Mahoney did not make it as he was unconscious at the time they were rescued,” she said.

Tidula said the Australians were sailing from Australia and heading towards Subic Bay aboard a yacht when it capsized due to a hole in the vessel’s lower portion.

“Based on the post-mortem examination, Mahoney died of severe dehydration,” she said, adding that the two survivors are now in stable condition.

Police has no further details yet but it was learned that the survivors would be brought to this city on Tuesday.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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