September 22, 1998 |
The captain of a sinking Philippine ferry ordered crew members to jump ship without warning hundreds of passengers that the boat was going down, a survivor said Monday. Princess of the Orient skipper Capt. Esrum Mahilum apparently never told passengers what was happening or what to do as huge waves buffeted the ferry, said Napoleon Sesante, one of 361 survivors of Friday night's disaster. At least 39 of the 454 people on board died; 54 people remain missing.