Five die in Philippine ferry fire

Hundreds rescued after blaze on vessel causes it to sink near Mindoro island.

    Those rescued were brought back to Manila [AFP]

    Escape

     

    Admiral Damian Carlos, the Philippine coastguard's commander, said seven people were receiving treatment for injuries.

     

    He said authorities were still investigating the cause of the fire.

     

    Rod Terilla, 39, who survived with burn wounds, said: "We saw smoke billowing from the storage room of the ship, then the fire quickly spread to the second floor and then to the rest of the ship so we immediately put on our life jackets and jumped into the water."

      

    He said the ship was almost gutted, with only its wooden hull floating on the water by the time survivors were ferried away from the site by passing motor boats.

     

    The Philippines' worst ferry disaster occurred in the 1990s when a ferry collided with an oil tanker and killed about 5,000 people.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Pick your team and answer as many correct questions in three minutes.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Remembering Chernobyl

    Remembering Chernobyl

    The fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion remains as politicised as ever, 28 years on.