Mon 23-05-2022 08:42 AM
MANILA, 23rd May, 2022 (WAM) — Seven people have died after a high-speed Philippine ferry carrying 134 people caught fire on Monday, with seven passengers still missing, Reuters has quoted coast guard as saying.
The ship caught fire just before reaching the port of Real in Quezon province, about 60 km (37.28 miles) east of the capital Manila. It had left Polilio Island at 5:00 am local time (2100 GMT Sunday) and made a distress call at 6:30 am.
Five women and two men had died, while 120 passengers had been rescued, with 23 of them treated for injuries, the coast guard said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear the cause of the fire.
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