At least one dead and three missing after a ferry fire off Bohol Island in the Philippines

At least one person has died and three are missing after a fire broke out on a ferry boat off the island of Bohol in the Philippines on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Coast Guard reported early Monday.

Reports reaching the Eastern Visayas District, based in the town of Ormoc on Leyte Island, have shown that after the fire on the ship Mama Mary Chloe, about 161 passengers were rescued whose origin is still unclear, such as from the Philippines reports official news agency.

“The rescue operation proceeded quickly with the help of the passengers and crew of the motor boats sailing on the sea between Bohol and the Leyte area,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

At least one dead and three missing after a ferry fire off Bohol Island in the Philippines
At least one dead and three missing after a ferry fire off Bohol Island in the Philippines

The incident happened at 1:00 p.m. (local time) on Sunday afternoon in the sea between the islands of Tugas and Tilmobo in Bohol. The ship was en route to the port of Bato on Leyte Island.

Of the 161 survivors, 99 were transferred to Hilongos Port in Leyte, 25 to Tugas Port in Bohol and 37 to a port on Gaus Island, also in Bohol.

There were 157 passengers and eight crew members on the ferry. The ship had a capacity for 236 people.

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