The governor stated most of these onboard the MV Girl Mary Pleasure 3 have been rescued in a single day however authorities have been double-checking the numbers from completely different rescue groups, suggesting the figures might change.
The ferry was enroute to Jolo city in Sulu province from the southern port metropolis of Zamboanga when it caught hearth halfway off Basilan near midnight, he stated.
The lifeless included at the very least three youngsters, who apparently have been separated from their dad and mom, and at the very least 23 passengers have been injured and dropped at hospitals, he stated.
“Among the passengers have been roused from sleep because of the commotion attributable to the hearth. Some jumped off the ship,” Hataman informed The Related Press by phone.
Most of those that died drowned and have been recovered at sea, officers stated.
The burned ferry has been towed to Basilan’s shoreline and an investigation was underway, Hataman stated.
Sea accidents are frequent within the Philippine archipelago due to frequent storms, badly maintained boats, overcrowding and spotty enforcement of security laws, particularly in distant provinces.
In December 1987, the ferry Dona Paz sank after colliding with a gas tanker, killing greater than 4,300 individuals on the earth’s worst peacetime maritime catastrophe.