Capsized Philipines ferry has few deaths

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Capsized Philipines ferry has few deaths

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:03 pm

Maritime safety is in the spotlight of the recent ferry capsizing in the Philipines. Most ferry passengers were rescued, a few passengers died and some persons remain not found.
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 people were still 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 small outrigger fishing boats were involved in the search and rescue operations. “The waves are still very big,” said Froilan Roy Firme Rojano, an officer at the Polillo municipal police station. “These are very difficult conditions.”

Ferry accidents are common in the Philippines, particularly during the typhoon season. In 2008, at least 800 people were killed when the Princess of the Stars capsized during a storm. A 1987 collision between the Doña Paz ferry and an oil tanker is believed to have killed more than 4,300 people.
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