September 20, 1998 |
Survivors of a Philippine passenger ferry that sank with 430 people aboard were being plucked from chilly, storm-whipped waters Saturday, while anxious relatives waited at a pier for two rescue ships. The Princess of the Orient tilted in stormy weather Friday, then quickly sank. At least 305 people had been brought safely ashore by today and 37 bodies recovered.
September 19, 1998 |
Rescuers battled heavy seas in search of survivors of a ship carrying 402 people that sank before dawn today in stormy waters south of Manila. The Philippine navy said it had confirmed that 136 people had been rescued from the Princess of the Orient, including 14 people who were picked up in very rough waters by a fishing boat. The owner of a seaside resort told a Manila radio station that his staff had sighted rescue boats off the coast shooting flares in the air.
February 19, 1996 |
An overloaded wooden ferry capsized when strong waves caused it to sway and panicked passengers ran to one side, officials said today. At least 51 people were confirmed dead, many of them children, and 15 were missing. The ship was carrying more than 200 people, twice its legal passenger capacity of 100, when it sank Sunday evening, coast guard officials said. The vessel was approaching Cadiz, 300 miles southeast of Manila, when the accident occurred.
May 18, 1995 |
Fishermen and navy frogmen found six more bodies Wednesday, bringing to 45 the number of people killed in a ferry fire. At least 31 people are still missing, maritime officials said. More than 200 passengers and crew members are believed to have been on the Viva Antipolo when the engine caught fire Tuesday shortly after midnight near Lucena City, 60 miles southeast of Manila. Some survivors say as many as 300 people were on the wooden-hulled ferry.
July 4, 1993 |
Rescuers gave up their search late Saturday for more bodies of people who were aboard a floating shrine that capsized in a fast-moving river and killed at least 315 people. Officials were unsure how many people were aboard the shrine, which was made up of three barges with a three-tiered altar and a huge crucifix. The shrine was part of the nine-day "Crucifix at the River" festival that celebrates a local legend of people seeing a miraculous cross.
July 3, 1993 |
A floating shrine packed with hundreds of worshipers sank Friday during rehearsals for a religious procession. Police said at least 141 people died. Officials were uncertain how many people were aboard the shrine, made of three barges with an altar and crucifix mounted on them. But Mayor Serafin dela Cruz estimated that about 300 people were on board. He said about 90 people were listed as missing.