A ferry in the southern Philippines captured fire early Wednesday, eliminating a minimum of two passengers while more than a hundred were rescued, according to the nation’s Coast Guard.
At least 172 individuals were on board, consisting of 136 passengers and 36 team members, according to the Associated Press. A spokesperson for the Philippines Coast Guard said the number saved was as high as 245, much more than the number listed on the vessel’s manifest.
A one-year-old girl and a 60- year-old male traveler were reportedly amongst those killed. The representative said the Coast Guard did not have patrol vessels in the area and gotten in touch with close-by boats to help with the emergency situation, the AP reports.
By some accounts, it took hours for aid to get here.
According to local newspaper the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the ferry left the province of Cebu at around 6 p.m. Tuesday and was headed for Dapitan City. The blaze was thought to have started in the engine space simply after midnight.
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, 102 passengers had actually been saved and given healthcare facilities, a catastrophe management officer in Dapitan stated according to regional news website Rappler.
The cause of the fire has yet to be identified.
Scores of individuals die yearly from ferryboat mishaps in the Southeast Asian nation, which has a poor record of maritime security. In August, 31 individuals were eliminated after three ferries sailing in bad climate condition reversed.
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