Passenger ferry with 124 people on board catches fire near Argao in the central Philippine province of Cebu
MANILA: A passenger ferry with 124 people on board caught fire on Sunday near Argao in the central Philippine province of Cebu, a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) spokesman said.
Armand Balilo told local media that the the ship’s 97 passengers and 27 crew made it to safety after a rescue operation launched by the Coast Guard.
Balilo said the fire broke out at around 10am engulfing the MV Lite Ferry 28, while it sailing some 300 metres from Taloot Wharf.
The ferry, which left Tagbilaran City in nearby Bohol province around 8am, was approaching Cebu when the incident occurred, he said.
He added the fire was put out at around 2.30pm, more than four hours later.
Substation Commander Gerry Patenio of the PCG on Argao said authorities are set to begin the investigation on the source of fire and the total amount of damages caused by the incident.