- ferry carrying 165 passengers caught fire in the middle of the Philippines.
- One person has been confirmed dead, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.
- Mama Mary-Chloe was at sea somewhere near the islands of Bohol and Leyte.
A ferry carrying 165 passengers caught fire in the middle of the Philippines, but according to the latest information all but two passengers have been rescued.
According to the Philippine Coast Guard, one person has been confirmed dead while another person is still missing.
The vessel known as Mama Mary-Chloe was at sea somewhere near the islands of Bohol and Leyte.
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A video posted by the Coast Guard on Facebook showed survivors arriving at Hilongos, located in Leyte. Ubay, which is located on the island of Bohol, was the starting point for the trip which included 157 passengers and eight crew members.
According to other stories, children were forced to jump from the burning boat before they could be rescued.
Video uploaded to YouTube showed a large fire aboard the ship, along with thick black smoke billowing into the air and a large number of people swimming in the ocean.
Authorities said they don’t yet know what caused the fire, but they believe the boat was carrying just over half the maximum number of passengers it could hold.
According to the Coast Guard, “the rescue of the crew and passengers was accomplished in a timely manner with the assistance of [boats] sailing in the waters when the event occurred.
Since many ships in the Philippines carry more people than expected and the large archipelago is subject to frequent typhoons, shipping accidents in the Philippines are not uncommon.
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