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Philippines deploys rescue teams for distracted lovers

Published on Feb 14, 2014 2:16 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Rescuers are deploying in the Philippines' Manila Bay to help distracted lovers aboard boats who could fall into the water while on Valentine's Day cruise dates, the coastguard said on Friday.

The authorities expect the bay, with its spectacular views of the sunset, to throb with activity by sundown as couples hop onto yachts and cruise ships for deck-side, candle-lit dinners accompanied by romantic music from live bands.

Hundreds of lovers are expected in the area until midnight, and the main danger would be people falling overboard, coastguard spokesman Commander Armando Balilo said in a statement announcing the safety measures.

"We cannot prevent people from being sweet on Valentine's Day but they should be alert and be mindful of their safety, be mindful of their environment," he said.

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