MANILA, Philippines—The captain of MV Baleno 9 had women and beer on the bridge before the ship sank on the night of Dec. 26 leaving at least six people dead, a survivor said Thursday at a Senate hearing on the sea tragedy.
Jonathan Umali, whose two relatives are missing, told the Senate blue ribbon committee that he saw the captain of the ship, Jimmy Andal, eating fast food and drinking with at least two women on the bridge in what appeared to be a “Christmas get-together party.”
One of the women was later found among the dead. Andal is missing. He was earlier reported to have survived the sinking.