April 15, 2000 |
Seven more bodies were plucked from the sea in the Philippines today, bringing to 91 the number of fatalities in the country's latest maritime disaster. At least 70 people have been rescued after the overcrowded ML Annahada, overturned Wednesday, officials said.
December 27, 1987 |
Thousands of people whose relatives were victims of the doomed Philippine passenger liner Dona Paz rallied in a downtown Manila park Saturday appealing for government help in collecting compensation and retrieving bodies of the dead. More than 1,600 people died when the oil tanker Victor rammed the Dona Paz last Sunday, causing both vessels to sink after a fiery explosion. Only 26 survivors were found.
October 16, 1988 |
At least 55 people drowned when an overloaded ferry partially sank in heavy seas in the central Philippines, the coast guard reported Saturday. It said 77 people were rescued. The coast guard said the 35-ton Balangiga was sailing from the Samar Island port of Giporlos to Tacloban on Leyte Island when it sank early Friday some 400 miles southeast of Manila after being buffeted by high winds and rough seas.
September 21, 1998
A ferry that sank with 454 people on board was carrying heavy cargo that may have shifted in strong waves, causing the ship to tilt and then sink, the chief investigator said Sunday. Seventeen more people were rescued Sunday after spending more than a day in chilly, storm-whipped waters, bringing the number of survivors to at least 311, officials said. At least 39 people are confirmed dead. The Princess of the Orient sank during a storm Friday night.
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.
December 22, 1987 |
The Dona Paz sailed through calm water, running lights gleaming, taking 1,500 people to Manila for Christmas. Then there was a jolt, an explosion and, as Paquito Osabel said, "I saw the sea in flames." Panic-stricken passengers screamed the names of loved ones as smoke and fire engulfed the ship, and those who survived had first to jump into the blazing, oil-slick water.