- MV Lite Ferry 16 caught fire while on its way to Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte
- There were 137 passengers on board, according to the Philippine Coast Guard
- Two of the passengers were brought to the hospital
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A passenger ferry caught fire as it headed to Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte from Cebu on Wednesday morning.
KAMI learned that according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), 112 people have been rescued so far. There are still 25 passengers that they are looking for.
In a report by CNN Philippines, the MV Lite Ferry 16 caught fire while approximately at 1.5 nautical miles from Pulauan Port.
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According to some reports, the fire came from the engine room. The ferry reportedly stopped to rescue the passengers who jumped off the vessel.
As reported by GMA News (author Anna Felicia Bajo), about 137 passengers were on board. Two of the passengers were brought to the hospital.
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Allan Barredo, one of the passengers, claimed that they did not receive help from the Philippine Coast Guard during the first four hours of the fire.
"Rescue done. 4 hours. NO COAST GUARD. To think we are just 40 min from Dapitan," Barredo wrote on Facebook.
The search and rescue operations for the Lite Ferry 16 have been ongoing.
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