A cargo boat capsized in waters off Mandaon, Masbate, early Thursday, throwing off several people into the sea, police said.

The boat Precious Nicole was sailing towards Cebu City around 3 a.m. when it capsized off Brgy. Cagmasoso, Mandaon, Supt. Renato Bataller, Bicol regional police spokesman, said.

As of 12 noon, all 10 crew members and passengers have already been rescued by members of the Balud Police and Coast Guard, he said.

Col. Generoso Bolina, Armed Forces Southern Luzon Command spokesman, identified those rescued as Ariel Rala, 35; Delia Rala, 56; Flordelisa Cantila, 53; Dennis Cantila, 25; Eduardo Rala, 56; Ryan Cantila, 27; July Gregorio, 32; Christian Miralles, 15; Regie Cantila, 17; and Jimmy Cantila, 49.

The 10, all residents of Sitio Mabariw, Brgy. San Agustin, Aroroy, are safe and have been brought back to the town, from Balud, Bolina said. (John Roson)

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