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Siren Fleet Philippines Typhoon Update

As Super Typhoon Haiyan made her way to the Philippines our crew and local operations team made preparations to secure the Philippine Siren and P. Siren liveaboards, taking the yachts to safe anchorage spots in Negros and Bohol. The typhoon made landfall on Friday 8th November and we are pleased to report that all crew, their families and both yachts are safe and well. Our crews can be highly commended for their fast action in securing the yachts but also their consideration of others. There are several areas, including Malapascua, Leyte and Busuanga that have been severely affected and our thoughts are with those people at this time.

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Many of the islands have been cut off from much needed supplies and are in desperate need of assistance for food, water and building materials with which to rebuild their homes and businesses. Our operations team in Cebu has therefore been working closely with local dive operators and the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) to support the relief efforts for affected areas. On Friday 15th November the P Siren arrived in Malapascua to deliver 15 tons of food and supplies to the islanders along with 16 tons of much needed fresh water. She has now made her way to Leyte to deliver medical supplies and provide a support base for the MSF team for the coming week.

Siren Fleet Philippines Typhoon Update

The Philippine Siren was able to make her way to Batangas where she has been operating an adjusted schedule to accommodate the guests who were already booked and ensure they also receive a superb dive holiday in the Philippines. Reports from Coron are that the airport is open once again and we will soon return to dive in the region.

The Siren Fleet will continue to support the relief organisations and local islands over the coming months in any way they are able through delivering supplies and offering assistance. The company has also pledged 50% of the trip price for any new bookings on a Philippines cruise between now and February 2014 to be donated to the relief effort.

There is still much that people can do to help those affected in the Philippines, so we ask people to consider donations to the MSF or Red Cross.

Further updates may be found on our website at www.sirenfleet.com

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Thomas and Susie have been involved in the Scuba Diving Industry for over 10 years travelling the world to work and dive in such far flung places as Honduras, the Canary Islands & Red Sea before finally settling down to a life of fun and laughs in Thailand, where they are both employed by the Siren Fleet of luxury liveaboards. Thomas, as PADI Course Director, heads up the diving operations of the fleet as well as running trips in Indonesia, the Maldives, the Philippines, Palau and Fiji. He’s looking forward to setting up the new operation in Truk Lagoon in 2014 too! Meanwhile Susie, PADI IDCS, is more “office-bound” these days and focusses on the marketing & dive shows, but she still gets to take at least 2 liveaboard trips each year. Learn more about Thomas and Susie at: http://www.thescubanews.com/contributors/thomas-and-susie-erbe/

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