Dozens rescued from burning ferry off Philippine coast

Forty-five crew members were evacuated from a fire-stricken ferry off Cebu on Thursday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

Passenger/Cargo RoRo MV Filipinas Dinagat (IMO 7227487) caught fire 5.5nm off Binongkalan Point during the evening of July 23rd. The vessel had just left Cebu and was en route to Palompton, Leyte.

When the PCG arrived at the scene the vessel was  already fully engulfed in flames.

The crew members were immediately transferred to a rescue vessel that transported them to Danao Port for further assistance. All the rescued crew members were safe and accounted for.

Two tugboats were sent to the incident area to provide towing assistance and a PCG patrol vessel was also in attendance, informing transiting vessels of the presence of the ferry and conducting firefighting operations. As of July 24th the PCG vessel was continuing its firefighting efforts. According to Captain Joel Villanueva, the fire onboard had been caused by an electrical failure. No oil spill has been reported.