A boat carrying 82 people caught fire in the Philippines, 73 rescued


Manila, Aug 26 (AP) A ferry carrying 82 passengers and crew caught fire on Friday in the Philippines headed for the port of southern Manila, officials said. At least 73 people were rescued after the accident. The Coast Guard gave this information.

The Coast Guard said a search and rescue operation was underway after a fire broke out on the boat ‘MV Asia Philippine’, which left the city of Kalapan in Oriental Mindoro province. The injured, including a woman, were admitted to the hospital.

A video released by the Coast Guard showed flames and smoke rising from the boat. Several ships were anchored at the port of Batangas, more than a kilometer away from this ferry.

Coast Guard officials said a ship is assisting two Coast Guard ships in the rescue efforts. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained. The Coast Guard said the boat could carry more than 400 people. There have been many such cases in the past when there were more people on the boat than its capacity.

Accidents occur frequently at sea near the Philippines due to over-boarding, boat repairs, and storm surges. In the worst accident, the Donna Paz ship sank after colliding with a fuel tanker in December 1987, killing more than 4,300 people.

AP Ashish Madhav


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