- Actresses Bianca Manalo and Ehra Madrigal were involved in a boat accident in Sebaste, Antique
- Their group was supposed to go on a tour in Mararison island headed by Mayor Jonathan Tan
- Due to the big waves and gusty wind, their boat capsized leaving 1 passenger dead
It was supposed to be a day of relaxation and a break from their busy working schedules that turned into a tragic accident.
On March 29, Thursday morning, actresses Bianca Manalo and Ehra Madrigal were among the survivors of a speedboat that capsized in Sebaste, Antique, which ABS-CBN reported.
According to the report, Ehra was with her husband Tom Yeung when the accident happened.
Their group are friends with the town mayor, Mayor Jonathan Tan, who was supposed to give them a tour in Mararison island, a popular island destination in Antique.
The bodyguard and relative of Mayor Tan, Bennie Dable, 50, who happens to be driving the speedboat, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Aside from Bianca and Ehra, other survivors were Mayor Tan; Majel Tresche, 65; Madrigal's husband Tom Yeung, 47; Torebeo Barrentos, 41; an unidentified female; and 2 minors.
"The boat capsized at 10:50 a.m., they arrived in the shoreline at 1:45 p.m. Mayor Tan and Torebeo Barrentos swam for more than 2 hours going to the shoreline. Fishermen saw them and helped them. Mayor Tan went onboard a pumpboat and went back to where the boat capsized and checked on the situation of his friends," Jesus Aguirre Dioso said, Public Relations officer of Pandan.
According to Sr. Inspector Glen Jaromay, officer in charge of the Sebaste police, their speedboat was hit by strong waves, "The waves were quite big and the wind was gusty. The speedboat was hit by waves and it capsized."
Bianca Manalo bagged the Bb. Pilipinas Universe crown and represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant in 2009.
Ehra Madrigal is an actress and the older sister of Michelle Madrigal.
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