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16:49, 21 December 2017

Philippine Ferry Capsizes, but Vast Majority of Passengers Are Saved


Philippine Ferry Capsizes, but Vast Majority of Passengers Are Saved

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At least 4 individuals died when a ferry capsized in the Philippines on Thursday morning, renewing issues about maritime security in the archipelagic nation.

By evening, 240 of the 251 people who were aboard the vessel, the Mercraft 3, had been rescued, according to the Philippine Office of Civil Defense. Seven men and women have been nevertheless unaccounted for. The ferry had been traveling on rough seas from Ungos port in Real, a town east of Manila, to Polillo Island when it capsized at about 11:30 a.m.

Coast guard vessels and tiny outrigger fishing boats were involved in the search and rescue operations. “The waves are nonetheless quite huge,” said Froilan Roy Firme Rojano, an officer at the Polillo municipal police station. “These are quite challenging circumstances.”

Ferry accidents are common in the Philippines, particularly throughout the typhoon season. In 2008, at least 800 men and women had been killed when the Princess of the Stars capsized throughout a storm. A 1987 collision among the Doña Paz ferry and an oil tanker is believed to have killed a lot more than four,300 individuals.

Although ferry accidents occasionally occur when vessels are overloaded to maximize profits, the Philippine Coast Guard mentioned the Mercraft 3 had been nicely below its maximum capacity of 286 passengers.

In 2013, right after however one more fatal ferry accident, the British Foreign Workplace advised its citizens against traveling by ferry in the Philippines.

“Avoid travel on ferries if possible,” said the warning. “Ferries are frequently overloaded, lack required lifesaving equipment, are not adequately maintained and have incomplete passenger manifests. Storms can develop swiftly.”

Felipe Villamor contributed reporting.

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Published at Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:12:22 +0000


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