The ship caught fire shortly before docking at Real Port in Quezon province, about 60 kilometers (37.28 miles) east of the capital Manila. This ship left Polilio island at 5 am on May 23 (local time) and sent a distress call at 6:30 am on the same day.
Five men and two women were killed in the passenger train fire, while 120 passengers were rescued, 23 of whom were injured and taken to nearby medical facilities for treatment. , the Philippine coast guard said in a statement.
The ship burst into flames. (Photo: Philippine Coast Guard)
Pictures shared by the Philippine Coast Guard on social media show many passengers wearing life jackets floating in the sea waiting to be rescued, some being taken to safety by cargo ships in the area. Dense fire and smoke engulfed this double-decker passenger ship.
The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined. However, the Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,600 islands, has historically had poor maritime safety practices, vessels are frequently overloaded, and many vessels are outdated.
In 1987, some 5,000 people died in the world’s worst peacetime shipping disaster, when the overloaded passenger ship Dona Paz collided with an oil tanker off the island of Mindoro, south of Manila. .
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