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A ferry fire in the Philippines leaves more than 30 dead, a governor says – Kebakaran feri di Filipina menyebabkan lebih dari 30 orang tewas

A ferry fire in the Philippines leaves more than 30 dead, a governor says

In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, a Philippine Coast Guard ship trains its hose as it tries to extinguish fire on the MV Lady Mary Joy at Basilan, southern Philippines early Thursday March 30, 2023.

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MANILA, Philippines — A ferry carrying about 250 passengers and crew caught fire in the southern Philippines and 31 people drowned or died in the blaze and were discovered later, a provincial governor said Thursday.

Many of those rescued had jumped off the MV Lady Mary Joy 3 in panic at the height of the fire and were plucked from the sea by the coast guard, navy, another ferry and local fishermen, said Gov. Jim Hataman of the southern island province of Basilan. The search and rescue effort was continuing Thursday for at least seven missing passengers.

The burned ferry was towed to Basilan’s shoreline, where coast guard personnel and other authorities later discovered 18 more bodies in a budget section of the passenger cabin, Hataman said, adding the search of the vessel was continuing.

“These victims perished onboard due to the fire,” Hataman said. The governor said an investigation was underway and the discovery suggested there were additional travelers not listed on the vessel’s manifest.

The ferry was enroute to Jolo town in Sulu province from the southern port city of Zamboanga when it caught fire midway off Basilan close to midnight, he said.

At least 23 passengers were injured and brought to hospitals.

“Some of the passengers were roused from sleep due to the commotion caused by the fire. Some jumped off the ship,” Hataman told The Associated Press by telephone.

Sea accidents are common in the Philippine archipelago because of frequent storms, badly maintained boats, overcrowding and spotty enforcement of safety regulations, especially in remote provinces.

In December 1987, the ferry Dona Paz sank after colliding with a fuel tanker, killing more than 4,300 people in the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster.

 

 

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Dalam foto yang disediakan oleh Penjaga Pantai Filipina ini, sebuah kapal Penjaga Pantai Filipina sedang melatih selangnya saat mencoba memadamkan api di MV Lady Mary Joy di Basilan, Filipina selatan, Kamis pagi, 30 Maret 2023.

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MANILA, Filipina — Sebuah feri yang membawa sekitar 250 penumpang dan awak terbakar di Filipina selatan dan 31 orang tenggelam atau tewas dalam kobaran api dan ditemukan kemudian, kata seorang gubernur provinsi, Kamis.

Banyak dari mereka yang diselamatkan telah melompat dari MV Lady Mary Joy 3 dengan panik di puncak api dan dievakuasi dari laut oleh penjaga pantai, angkatan laut, feri lain, dan nelayan setempat, kata Gubernur Jim Hataman dari provinsi pulau selatan. dari Basilan. Upaya pencarian dan penyelamatan berlanjut Kamis untuk setidaknya tujuh penumpang yang hilang.

Feri yang terbakar itu ditarik ke garis pantai Basilan, di mana personel penjaga pantai dan pihak berwenang lainnya kemudian menemukan 18 mayat lagi di bagian anggaran kabin penumpang, kata Hataman, seraya menambahkan pencarian kapal terus berlanjut.

“Korban ini tewas di atas kapal karena kebakaran,” kata Hataman. Gubernur mengatakan penyelidikan sedang dilakukan dan penemuan menunjukkan ada penumpang tambahan yang tidak terdaftar di manifes kapal.

Feri itu sedang dalam perjalanan ke kota Jolo di provinsi Sulu dari kota pelabuhan selatan Zamboanga ketika terbakar di tengah jalan Basilan menjelang tengah malam, katanya.

Setidaknya 23 penumpang terluka dan dibawa ke rumah sakit.

“Sebagian penumpang dibangunkan dari tidurnya karena kegaduhan akibat kebakaran itu. Sebagian lagi melompat dari kapal,” kata Hataman kepada The Associated Press melalui telepon.

Kecelakaan laut sering terjadi di kepulauan Filipina karena seringnya badai, kapal yang tidak dirawat dengan baik, kepadatan yang berlebihan, dan penegakan peraturan keselamatan yang buruk, terutama di provinsi-provinsi terpencil.

Pada bulan Desember 1987, kapal feri Dona Paz tenggelam setelah bertabrakan dengan sebuah kapal tanker bahan bakar, menewaskan lebih dari 4.300 orang dalam bencana maritim masa damai terburuk di dunia.

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