Ferry cap­sizes in Philip­pines

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

MANILA, Philip­pines — A ferry car­ry­ing 189 peo­ple, in­clud­ing at least one Cana­dian, cap­sized Thurs­day min­utes as it left a cen­tral Philip­pine port in choppy wa­ters, leav­ing at least 36 dead and 26 oth­ers miss­ing, coast guard of­fi­cials said. They said the Cana­dian was among at least 127 peo­ple from the M/B Kim Nir­vana who were res­cued by nearby fish­ing boats and coast guard per­son­nel or swam to safety off Or­moc city on Leyte Is­land. The name and home­town of the Cana­dian were not im­me­di­ately avail­able. Coast guard spokesman Ar­mand Balilo said the wooden outrigger ferry was leav­ing Or­moc for the Camotes Is­lands, about 44 kilo­me­tres (27 miles) to the south, when it was lashed by strong waves. He said the cap­tain and some of the crew were res­cued and are in cus­tody pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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