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Philippines fishing boat explosion, fireplace kill six crew members whereas six others rescued

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In this photograph supplied by the Philippine Coast Guard, rescuers from the coast guard (orange shirts) carry a survivor of a vessel that caught fireplace on the neighborhood waters off Naga City, Cebu, Philippines, on June 5, 2024.
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“At least six Filipino crew members of a fishing boat were killed when an explosion and a fire hit their vessel at sea off a central Philippine province, coast guard officials said on June 6,” including six others have been rescued.

“Surviving crew members, including the skipper of the F/B King Bryan, were still being treated at a hospital or were too traumatised to tell investigators what set off the explosion and fire onboard the vessel on June 5 about 8 km (5 miles) off Naga city in Cebu province,” coast guard officers stated.

“One of the injured crewmen was in critical condition at a hospital in Cebu,” the coast guard stated.

Video and footage issued by the coast guard present flames and smoke billowing from the fishing boat as rescuers scanned the waters within the darkness. Crewmembers with burn accidents are carried to security by coast guard personnel.

The wooden-hulled boat, which had bamboo outriggers, apparently developed engine bother earlier than an explosion and a fireplace engulfed the vessel, injuring crewmembers and forcing others to leap into the ocean in panic. “A passing tugboat helped put out the blaze and a coast guard search and rescue operation was launched,” coast guard officers stated.

Sea accidents are widespread within the Philippines archipelago due to frequent storms, poorly maintained boats, overcrowding and spotty enforcement of security rules.

In December 1987, an overcrowded ferry, the Dona Paz, sank after colliding with a gas tanker, killing greater than 4,300 individuals on this planet’s worst peacetime sea catastrophe regarded by some as Asia’s Titanic.

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