1 hurt after passenger vessel docking in Batangas catches fire — PCG
MANILA, Philippines — A 44-year-old female passenger of a vessel was rushed to a hospital after a roll-on-roll-off (Ro-Ro) ship docked at the Batangas anchorage area caught on fire on Friday evening, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported.
The M/V Asia Philippines went up in flames at around 5:58 in the evening.
PCG told reporters that the vessel just left Calapan City.
According to the PCG, MV Asia Philippines had 48 passengers and 34 crew members onboard, along with 16 rolling cargoes, when the fire broke out.
The port duty officer reported that the vessel also carried seven private vehicles, two motorcycles, and seven trucks.
As of 7:30 p.m., the PCG said 73 individuals were already rescued. One of the rescued individuals was brought to the nearest hospital for medical attention due to an injury.
Search and rescue (SAR) and firefighting operations were underway.
The vessel’s authorized passenger capacity is 402, the Inquirer learned.
The PCG dispatched rescue personnel and two floating assets to conduct SAR operations.
Authorities have yet to announce the cause of the fire.
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